Politics of Puerto Rico heat up

Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello is interviewed by a TV channel after a House vote at the Capitol

Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello is interviewed by a TV channel after a House vote at the Capitol

Outside the Capitol, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said the hurricanes showed why statehood is necessary.

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Puerto Rico renewable energy efforts have been increaed since the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

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

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico back in September 2017 and virtually wiped out the island's decades-old power grid, Puerto Rico has placed its focus on obtaining power from renewables. He noted that the US government was giving more money to the island than to Texas or to Florida, which also suffered destructive hurricanes.

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Trump told reporters Thursday there is $91 billion going to Puerto Rico. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., among other candidates, have called for admitting Puerto Rico as a state if that is what the island votes to approve. "And the governor ... they don't know how to spend the money and they're not spending it wisely".

According to Puerto Rican officials, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, along with other senior officials, all but threatened the island's representatives during the meeting.

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

"This bill is about respecting democracy and equality in Puerto Rico".

"The recovery is very poor", he said. "So I want to give him the opportunity to respond, but it's certainly not a 10".

"He sat down with the dictator of North Korea, he sat down with the President of Russian Federation", he said.

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