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President Trump and Gov. Rosselló in a 2017 Oval Office meeting. Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

After Trump reportedly insisted again on Tuesday that the U.S. should cut federal aid to Puerto Rico, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló delivered his strongest public rebuke of the president and suggested that Trump has avoided meeting with him, per the Washington Post.

"I want to be very clear: Not a single federal dollar has been used to make debt payments. ... Mr. President: Enough with the insults and demeaning mischaracterizations. We are not your political adversaries; we are your citizens."

Our thought bubble, per Axios' Andrew Freedman: Rosselló may be taking a more aggressive stance against the White House now that he has a well-known political challenger for his job in San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. He's also pursuing an ambitious rebuilding plan that would reshape Puerto Rico's electric grid in favor of solar, wind and other renewable sources, trying to make the island a model for clean energy in the U.S.

The big picture: The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General announced Tuesday it will open a probe to determine whether the White House interfered with the distribution of millions of dollars in disaster aid for Puerto Rico following 2017's Hurricane Maria.

  • A 2018 Politico investigation found that the Trump administration responded more aggressively to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas than to Puerto Rico's natural disaster.

Flashback: During the National Governors Association meeting in February, Rosselló said in an interview with Axios' Andrew Freedman that Puerto Rico was "ready to battle it out in court" if recovery funds were taken away from the country. He also called the White House's proposal repurpose funds "disturbing."

  • "We have historically been treated unequally for everything," Rosselló added, referencing Puerto Rico's status as a U.S. territory.

Go deeper: Trump wants no more relief funds for Puerto Rico

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Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

Financial fallout from the Texas deep freeze

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.

U.S. Chamber decides against political ban for Capitol insurrection

A pedestrian passes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters as it undergoes renovation. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed Friday it won't withhold political donations from lawmakers who simply voted against certifying the presidential election results and instead decide on a case-by-case basis.

Why it matters: The Chamber is the marquee entity representing businesses and their interests in Washington. Its memo, obtained exclusively by Axios, could set the tone for businesses debating how to handle their candidate and PAC spending following the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.