Puerto Rico

Trump wants advisers to find a way to cut Puerto Rico hurricane relief

The flag of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.
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President Trump asked advisers in February to find a way to limit hurricane relief funds for Puerto Rico because too much money has gone to the territory already, senior administration officials told the Washington Post. "He doesn’t want another single dollar going to the island," one official said, and he wants current funds to be used only to help fortify the electric grid.

The big picture: As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported in November, Trump has privately claimed, without evidence, that the island’s government is using federal disaster relief money to pay off debt. At least a third of Puerto Ricans rely heavily on food stamps following Hurricane Maria in 2017, but the local government has been cutting the program as it waits for the federal government to hand over billions in hurricane relief, per the Post.

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

San Juan mayor and Trump critic announces run for Puerto Rico governor

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz during Hurricane Maria recovery in 2017
San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz gained international fame for her leadership during the aftrmath of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, announced her run for governor of Puerto Rico, AP reports.

The big picture: She is challenging Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who is seeking a second term. Cruz became well-known as a critic of President Trump after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017.

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