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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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At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

Photo: Jacob Cordeiro/Twitter

An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries on Saturday, per a Liberty County Sheriff's Office statement to media outlets.

The big picture: Some 147 passengers and 13 crew were aboard the Empire Builder train, which runs from Seattle to Chicago, when seven cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak spokesperson Kimberly Woods said in an emailed statement.

Updated 20 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Federal judge blocks vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

Students are dismissed from the first day of school at PS 133 in Brooklyn on Sept. 13. Photo: Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty Images

A federal appeals court is set to hear a challenge Wednesday to a vaccine mandate planned for New York City school employees.

Why it matters The vaccine mandate was set to begin on Monday, prompting concerns over staffing shortages in schools across the nation's largest school system. But a judge on Friday temporarily blocked the measure, per AP.

New York prepares for staff shortages from health vaccine mandate

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul during a news conference Tuesday in New York City.. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced Saturday she would declare a state of emergency if there were health worker shortages due to New York's upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Why it matters: Hochul moved to reassure concerns of staffing shortages in the health care sector in a statement that also outlined plans to call in medically trained National Guard members, workers from outside New York and retirees if necessary when the mandate takes effect Monday.