President Trump has refused to meet privately with the Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello, the governor said on Friday, when he sentenced the Trump administration for not providing more disaster relief in the 17 months after the hurricane Mary destroyed the US territory and left thousands dead.
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A Democratic governor who did not want to interrupt the Trump administration from time to time stated that the president of the Republic himself was responsible for the slow pace of relief assistance in the natural disaster
In the end, the dollar should stop there, "said Rossello at the opening ceremony of the National Governors' Association in Washington. "She has to stop with the president."
Although the governor's team regularly contacted federal officials, Rossello said that in recent weeks he had expressed public and private requests for a meeting with the president. The White House denied the request without giving any reason, he said.
An official representative of the White House said that instead of making Trump accessible, the administration organized a meeting between Rossello and Ben Caron, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Brock Long, headed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Rossello said he hopes to address Puerto Rico's problems with Trump directly during a White House meeting with dozens of governors
"No motion," said Rossello. "We really need action right now."
He compared the pace of recovery with efforts after the Katrina hurricane that devastated the Gulf coast in 2005: seventeen months after Katrina, federal officials released more than 1
The storm in September 2017 injured approximately $ 100 billion and killed about 3,000 people. Trump denies the estimate of the dead, believing that this number was made to make him look bad.
Some critics of Puerto Rico Trump suggested fanaticism as a factor in the lack of attention of the Trump administration to the Caribbean island, where the Spanish majority
Rossello would not have said one way or another whether he suspects racism.
"I hope that at this time in the United States, the largest nation on the planet, it has become vast through immigrants and diversity that it will not be a dominant idea," he said when asked if he was afraid that Trump was motivated racism. "It would be my hope, because if it is so, it's a terrible prospect not only for Puerto Rico, but for all."