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In the aftermath of Maria, a look at US federal aid to Puerto Rico

by AirTalk®

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At nightfall a man tries to clean the yard next to his house damaged by Hurricane Maria in Juana Matos, Catano, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

Headlines and photos coming out of Puerto Rico show a bleak future.

Power is still out in much of the U.S. territory due to Hurricane Maria and it’s unclear when that will be resolved. As POLITICO reports, Gov. Ricardo Rossello has called this the “biggest catastrophe” in its history, and after hurricanes in Texas and Florida, it’s difficult to say how much funding will be allocated for the damage done to the island.

President Trump spoke about the disaster on Tuesday at the White House. He agreed to boost funds to the territory, and will visit both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands next week. He also said his administration has been great with its response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Maria will be no different.

The president had also tweeted about the damage from Maria, saying that Puerto Rico had problems long before the hurricane added to the devastation. Critics of Trump’s comments are taking that as misplaced blame. And the differences between rebuilding efforts between U.S. territories and states have come to the fore.

So what are the differences in how Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida have been handled after these natural disasters?


Will Grant, a correspondent for the BBC who was in San Juan, Puerto Rico, covering Hurricane Maria; he left the territory on Monday; he tweets @will_grant

Jacqueline Klimas, defense reporter for POLITICO; she authored the recent article, “In Puerto Rico, another desperate plea for help;” she tweets @jacqklimas

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