Trump And Pence To Visit Hurricane Aftermath In Puerto Rico Next Week

Earlier this week, President Trump announced he would be traveling to Puerto Rico on October 3. Today, Vice President Pence announced he would be traveling to the island nation next week also.

This news comes after intense scrutiny of the Trump administration’s response to Puerto Rico, where many thought they weren’t supplying nearly as much support as they were to other areas hit by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Also, it appears the Puerto Rico took a much stronger hit than Texas and Florida, especially due to their infrastructure and power grid, which is currently destroyed.

Vice President Pence continued to defend the administration’s efforts by saying in a statement, “Our hearts, our support and our prayers are with our fellow Americans struggling to rebuild their lives in the wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. From the outset of this storm, President Trump directed the full resources of the federal government to support rescue and recovery efforts. I’m proud to say our administration has delivered over 4.5 million meals, 4.6 liters of water and many millions more are on the way,” he said.

Also today, President Trump defended his response, adding that aid has been harder to provide to the area because of geography and the island’s large debt. “This is an island, surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water,” Trump said during a speech in Washington.

“We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe,” added Trump. “These are great people. We want them to be safe and sound and secure and we will be there every day until that happens.”

Yesterday, the president tweeted this:

Also today, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico gave an emotional request asking for more federal assistance.

Puerto Rico’s governor tweeted this on Wednesday:

So far, it appears as if Puerto Rico’s governor is content with the president’s response, while others in the city are still very upset with how the recovery is going.

Do you think the United States is doing enough to help our own Puerto Rico? Let us know in the comments!

— Peter Amirata

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