Trump Announces Disaster Relief Bill by Saying ‘Puerto Rico Should Love President Trump’

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President Donald Trump, who has frequently criticized Puerto Rico, signed a bill on Thursday sending aid to the island. The $19 billion disaster relief bill has been one of the main topics in Washington over the past few weeks as it made its way through Congress.

The bill provides funds to areas torn apart by storms. Puerto Rico is one of the places that will receive aid, which is still desperately needed after they were hit by a hurricane earlier in Trump’s tenure. Other states that will benefit include Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.

In a tweet announcing the bill, Trump patted himself on the back and wrote, “Puerto Rico should love President Trump. Without me, they would have been shut out!”

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In a follow-up tweet, he accused Democrats of not wanting to help farmers and blocking disaster relief. Trump also added that “Puerto Rico should be very happy.”

The new package signals a change, or at least a moment of relief, for the battle between the president and the island. In early May, Trump claimed that “Puerto Rico has been given more money by Congress for hurricane disaster relief, 91 billion dollars, than any state in the history of the U.S.”

The $91 billion figure is a regular talking point for the president. He also hit on that line in early May during a rally in Panama City, Florida, as IJR Blue reported.

“I think that the people of Puerto Rico are very grateful to Donald Trump for what we’ve done for them,” Trump told the crowd during that rally.

But the $91 billion figure is almost certainly not true. Instead, that number is a rough estimate of how much Puerto Rico could receive over the next 20 years. In reality, the island has received something closer to $11 billion, according to a fact check from the Washington Post.

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Otis
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Hurricane season approacheth. My house fortunately survived Irma with minimal damage although she broke bad on our town. There will always be hurricanes and rumors of hurricanes. At least, unlike tornadoes, there is sufficient warning to do what one can in preparation so be prepared.

James
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So Puerto Rico receives another handout from the mainland taxpayers to waste away; or, for the Governor to stash away in an off-shore account for retirement.

Phoenix
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Isn’t this the same disaster relief bill that was blocked on three separate occasions by Republicans in the last couple weeks?

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