Puerto Rico’s top newspaper hammered President Trump on Friday over his claim that the U.S. had previously allocated $92 billion to the territory for hurricane recovery.
«Mr. President: Your Numbers Are Fake,» El Nuevo Día, which usually publishes its articles and newspapers in Spanish but posted an English version on Friday, said in its front page headline.
«Although some politicians in Puerto Rico have indeed mismanaged funds and have let their constituents down, Mr. Trump’s claims about the amount of money that has actually been assigned to the island are incorrect,» read the front page.
— El Nuevo Día (@ElNuevoDia) August 30, 2019
Congress approved $42 billion in aid for the territory after it was struck by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. The Trump administration faced sharp criticism for its handling of the storms, and the island territory’s recovery is ongoing.
Trump has an infamously acrimonious relationship with top officials in Puerto Rico, tweeting this week that emergency funds are syphoned off to “corrupt” politicians.
Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth. Their political system is broken and their politicians are either Incompetent or Corrupt. Congress approved Billions of Dollars last time, more than anyplace else has ever gotten, and it is sent to Crooked Pols. No good!….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
Hurricane Dorian, which strengthened to a Category 3 storm Friday, narrowly avoided Puerto Rico, though parts of the territory experienced flooding.