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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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Merkel's farewell spoiled by Poland crisis at EU summit

One last awkward EU "family photo." Photo: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Angela Merkel took up her vaunted mantle as Europe's crisis manager for what could be the last time tonight, as she urged the EU to find compromise in its showdown with Poland.

Why it matters: The European Commission has threatened to withhold over $40 billion in pandemic recovery funds after Poland's constitutional tribunal — stacked with loyalists from the ruling right-wing populist party — rejected the principle that EU law has primacy over national law.

Republicans who put it all on the line

Rep. Nancy Mace speaks with reporters after voting to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

A small contingent of House Republicans risked their political futures on Thursday, they say, in the name of constitutional responsibility.

Why it matters: The nine Republicans who voted to hold former Trump aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress are now in peril of becoming political pariahs. They've opened themselves up to potential primary challengers and public attacks from their party's kingmaker — former President Trump.

The defy-default

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Political figures are exploiting the slowness of the U.S. justice system, Donald Trump's attacks on its integrity and divisions in society to defy the law.

Why it matters: As polarization intensifies, it's placing tribalism above a shared national code of conduct. Increasingly, accountability rests not on the ballot box but with the nine-member, lifetime-appointed and currently conservative-majority Supreme Court.

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