On Tuesday, President Trump called Puerto Rican politicians incompetent. He also said that he is the “best thing” that ever happened for Puerto Rico, according to The Hill.
Hours after the Senate rejected disaster aid proposals for Puerto Rico, the president tweeted that officials in Puerto Rico mismanaged disaster relief funds given to the island after Hurricane Maria last year.
“Puerto Rico got 91 Billion Dollars for the hurricane, more money than has ever been gotten for a hurricane before, & all their local politicians do is complain & ask for more money,” Trump tweeted. “The pols are grossly incompetent, spend the money foolishly or corruptly, & only take from USA.”
"The best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico is President Donald J. Trump," he continued. "So many wonderful people, but with such bad Island leadership and with so much money wasted. Cannot continue to hurt our Farmers and States with these massive payments, and so little appreciation!"
According to The Washington Post, Puerto Rico actually received only $11 billion of the $41 billion that the federal government says is on the way. The new Senate bill would have given Puerto Rico an additional $600 million in food stamp aid and billions more for states in the Midwest who were affected by the flooding.
The president accused San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of doing “such a poor job of bringing the island back to health.”
"1 Billion Dollars to Puerto Rico, and now the Dems want to give them more, taking dollars away from our Farmers and so many others. Disgraceful!" Trump tweeted Monday.
Trump has said that he doesn’t think Puerto Rico should get any more federal aid other than food stamp funding.
"He doesn’t want another single dollar going to the island," a senior administration official said.
Puerto Rican officials have asked Trump to return to the island to see the recovery efforts himself.