Updated Aug 7, 2019

Wanda Vázquez sworn in as Puerto Rico's new governor amid political chaos

Pedro Pierluisi speaks before the Puerto Rican House of Representatives, Aug. 2. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Puerto Rico's Supreme Court overturned former acting Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi's status as governor on Wednesday, AP reports.

The latest: Wanda Vázquez, Puerto Rico's justice secretary, was sworn in on Wednesday as the island's third governor in less than a week. She is Puerto Rico's second female governor and the territory's second unelected governor in 70 years, per NBC. Vázquez has previously said "she doesn’t want the position," per Vox, "and protesters have threatened to kick her out too."

Catch up quick: Pierluisi was sworn in without confirmation by the territory's House and Senate as Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's replacement last Friday.

  • Puerto Ricans protested en masse for Rosselló to resign over leaked Telegram messages between Rosselló and his aides that reportedly included misogynistic, violent and homophobic comments.
  • He announced his departure in July after an investigation by Puerto Rico's House of Representatives found 5 impeachable offenses against him.

The big picture: President Trump intends to increase restrictions on Puerto Rico's federal aid — meant for rebuilding the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria — amid the island's political unrest.

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Trump repeats false disaster relief claim as Puerto Rico faces storm Dorian

The Emergency Operation Centre (COE) monitors Tropical Storm Dorian in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on August 27, 2019. Photo: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump falsely claimed again on Tuesday that Congress has sent $92 billion in disaster relief aid to Puerto Rico, instead of the $42.7 billion that it has actually sent.

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How little we know about Puerto Rico's economy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Even as it braces for another potentially devastating storm, Puerto Rico is the only U.S. territory whose economic data isn't fully measured by the Commerce Department.

Why it matters: It remains impossible to quantify how much the island's economic growth was stunted by Hurricane Maria's epic destruction 2 years ago — and it won't be easy to gauge any comparable impact from Hurricane Dorian.

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Puerto Rico under hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Dorian nears

A man boards up the windows of a beach house as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters

President Trump has approved an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico to enable federal assistance, with Tropical Storm Dorian fast approaching and the U.S. territory on hurricane watch — as forecasters warn it could take a direct hit Wednesday.

Why it matters: Puerto Rico is struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. It declared bankruptcy in 2017 amid "the biggest government financial collapse in United States history." Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced has already signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency on the island, per Bloomberg's Michael Deibert.

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