Updated Apr 2, 2019

Trump blasts Dems for disaster aid bill block over Puerto Rico funds

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President Trump on Monday night criticized Democrats for blocking a GOP disaster aid bill because they said funding for Puerto Rico did not go far enough for the hurricane-devastated U.S. territory.

What he's saying: "The Democrats today killed a Bill that would have provided great relief to Farmers and yet more money to Puerto Rico despite the fact that Puerto Rico has already been scheduled to receive more hurricane relief funding than any 'place' in history," Trump began, in the first of a series of tweets on the issue.

Details: Trump tweeted the Democrats should stop fighting the bill, which would provide $13.45 billion in funding for states and territories for the recent wildfires, hurricanes and storms, including this month's Midwest flooding.

The backdrop: Senate Democrats voted against the $13.5 billion disaster-recovery funding measure because they said the $600 million allocated in the bill for nutrition assistance to Puerto Rico was insufficient.

The big picture: Trump has repeatedly criticized authorities on the Caribbean island for their handling of recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria. He doesn't want to give Puerto Rico any more federal aid.

  • Trump has traded barbs with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who announced last week legislative plans for Puerto Rican statehood — which would be the first of its kind to automatically make Puerto Rico a state without conditional requirements.

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

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Trump threatens to "assume control" of Minneapolis over unrest

Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis on Thursday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump threatened via Twitter early Friday to send the national guard to Minneapolis following three days of massive demonstrations and unrest in the city over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody this week.

Details: "I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted after a police station was torched by some protesters.

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In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minnesota's governor on Thursday activated the state's national guard following violent outbreaks throughout the week, as the nation waits to see if the officers involved will be charged with murder.

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand has a single novel coronavirus case after reporting a week of no new infections, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday local time.

By the numbers: Nearly 6 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 and over 2.3 million have recovered from the virus. Over 357,000 people have died globally. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world with over 1.6 million.