Trump Personally Intervened To Cut Medicaid For Puerto Rico In New Spending Deal
President Donald Trump personally stepped in to cut Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico in the government’s latest spending deal, according to The Independent. In the end, Trump halved the amount that was agreed to during bipartisan negotiations.
Republicans and Democrats had agreed to give Puerto Rico $12 billion over four years, but Trump reportedly was displeased with the amount allotted for the U.S. territory and personally intervened to drop the number to $5.7 billion.
Since taking office, Trump has repeatedly disparaged Puerto Rico, saying at one point that it is “one of the most corrupt places on Earth.” The president also suggested that the island was not deserving of federal aid after Hurricane Maria struck two years ago, resulting in nearly 3,000 deaths.
White House Office of Management and Budget spokesperson Chase Jennings told Politico last month that the U.S. has faced “historical waste” in Puerto Rico and that Trump is attempting to rein in unnecessary spending.
“This administration remains committed to properly prioritizing US taxpayer dollars,” Jennings added, characterizing the spending deal as a “win for President Trump and the American people.”