In an exclusive interview with CNN, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said he would not sit down and allow his staff to be harassed by the White House.
Roseloilo's chief aides told CNN that during a tense meeting at the White House on Wednesday,
"If the abuser comes in, I'll make the bully," Rosellaux said, "It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage. they were warned by senior White House officials that US officials have pushed too hard
Despite their demands, Trump refused to schedule a meeting with Rosella in order to discuss recovery efforts that continue almost two years after the blow from the storm
for Poe's representatives Rico, White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro, along with other senior civil servants, threatened the island's representatives at the meeting
"Your governor is inventing things," Navarro added, according to sources at the meeting.
The battle this week between the White House office and Roseloff's office broke out after Trump was told Capitan Hill's Republican Senators that he was questioning the wisdom of targeting more storm aids for Puerto Rico, the fact that billions of dollars in u Concepts have already been mandated by Congress. The storm and the hurricanes in 201
"The question was – are we spending the money wisely?" Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina. "I do not mind helping the people of Puerto Rico, but we have to spend the money wisely."
Trumps, senators said, then used a table to show the difference between what Puerto Rico had received compared to other hurricanes. affected regions like Texas and Florida. At one point, Trump noted that Puerto Rico had received more than $ 90 billion in aid. – is approved for actual consumption. Legislation that would send more money to the island as part of a larger disaster relief package was tied to the Senate.
The White House representatives did not deny Tramp's remarks to Republican Senators and defend the management of disaster relief funds for
. "The Trump Administration has committed itself to the complete reconstruction of Puerto Rico, the island has received unprecedented support. on the way to getting tens of billions of dollars from taxpayers, "said White House spokesman Jude Dir.
"However, the Trump administration will not put taxpayers on the hook to correct a decade-long cost crisis that has left the island with deeply rooted economic problems," Roerle added.
Roselio said the president is working
"Unfortunately, we have to hear this." These statements have no sympathy, but more so that they lack the real facts, "Rosellaux said in response to Trump's comments. have not been brought in line with the truth and reality, No 1. And # 2, I just think we need to put an end to this battle of words and just admit that we are not his political adversaries, we are his citizens " Rossello is in Washington to meet lawmakers as part of a new push for state for Puerto Rico, a move the governor thinks necessary to enable the island to make use of the funds needed to speed up the reimbursement of
Trump complains that Puerto Rico is losing the money he has already received, "He treats us as second-class citizens, that's for sure," he said, "and my attention is that I just want to explain to him why the data and information he receives is wrong. I do not think putting a kicking and screaming match with the president does something good. What I want to do is make sure that the reason prevails that empathy prevails that equality is predominant and that we can have a discussion. "