Politics of Puerto Rico heat up

"If the bully gets close, I'll punch the bully in the mouth".

Some lawmakers have argued the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria, as well as the imposition of federal control over the island's budget under President Barack Obama, highlight the danger in leaving the island subject to a government it has no role in electing. He noted that the US government was giving more money to the island than to Texas or to Florida, which also suffered destructive hurricanes.

Puerto Rican Governor's top aides stated that White House officials on Wednesday had warned the representative of the island for pushing too hard to arrange a meeting to discuss the awful situation of the USA territory with the President.

Puerto Rico renewed its push for statehood past year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the island in 2017.

"There were other topics that were being discussed and my view is that the sole focus of that trip should have been on Puerto Rico", he said.

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In the past, Trump rated his efforts in Puerto Rico on a scale of 1-10 as being a 10.

Gonzalez has introduced similar bills in the past, which failed to gain traction in the House or Senate. "Our historic legislation will finally end over 120 years of colonialism and provide full rights and representation to over 3.2 million Americans", Soto said in a statement.

Under a deal reached by Obama and the Republican Congress, Puerto Rico's budgets must now be approved by a fiscal control board, appointed by Congress and the White House, that has pushed cuts to health care, education and other programs run by the island's government.

Trump's opposition to further disaster aid for Puerto Rico hardened Tuesday during a Capitol Hill meeting. Sen.

"Frankly, the people of Puerto Rico, I really have a great relationship with them, and I think, when it comes time, they really do appreciate it", he added.

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