Donald Trump complained Tuesday that another storm was on its way to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria was decimated during the first year of his presidency, asking & will it never end? & # 39;
The president then reiterated the false claim that US territory, which is estimated to have suffered $ 90 billion in damage from the October 2017 storm, received $ 92 billion in federal disaster funds.
& # 39; Wow! Another big storm on the way to Puerto Rico. Will it ever end? The Congress approved $ 92 billion for Puerto Rico last year, a record of its kind for & # 39; everywhere & # 39 ;, & # 39; he tweeted.
President Trump complained about another storm on his way to Puerto Rico while Tropical Storm Dorian makes his way through the Caribbean
Puerto Rico has been a burr on the side of Trump since it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria almost two years ago, as officials there are calling for more federal aid and the president has inflated the amount of money it has actually received.
Trump wrote his tweet while officials from the National Hurricane Center watch Tropical Storm Dorian in the Caribbean, which could intensify to almost hurricane force this week.
Two-thirds of Puerto Rico probably receives tropical wind on Tuesday as the storm approaches the island.
Dorian had winds of 50 miles per hour and turned around 400 miles southeast of Puerto Rico from the beginning of Tuesday. Once a storm hits winds of 74 miles per hour, it is classified as a hurricane.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Puerto Rico and for the nearby island of Dominican Republic while Dorian makes his way through the Caribbean.
However, it is unclear where the president has received the $ 92 billion amount he has repeatedly touted because of the amount of aid that Puerto Rico has received.
Congress has allocated $ 42.5 billion to disaster relief for the island, but US territory had received less than $ 14 billion until May, according to a NBC News check facts.
Most money is waiting because of processes where civil servants must submit a plan describing how they expect to use the money and get federal approval for it.
Trump uses the $ 92 billion number on a large scale to claim that he has done enough for the island, which has effectively destroyed its electricity grid in the storm, along with damage to homes, businesses, and other infrastructure.
The president's tweet also comes after he denied a report that he wanted to blow up large hurricanes with nuclear weapons to disperse them before they landed.
Trump visited Puerto Rico in October 2017 to see the damage of Hurricane Maria and threw paper towels at a crowd
First lady Melania Trump joined the president in that October 2017 visit
Axios reported that Trump asked senior Homeland Security and national security officials if they could explore using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes in their path.
& # 39; The story of Axios that President Trump wanted to blow up large hurricanes with nuclear weapons before he reached the coast is ridiculous. I never said this. Just more FAKE NEWS !, Trump tweeted Monday from the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.
Three major hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria – hit the United States and its territories during the first tenure of Trump and caused more than $ 2 billion in damage.
And the president still has to deal with the political consequences of the last hurricane on Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump traveled to the island in October to assess the damage, but the visit did not detract from the ongoing dispute.
During his visit, Trump told officials to be proud that only 16 people died in the storm and threw rolls of paper towels in a crowd in a church in San Juan, resulting in photos. who went viral.
A total of 3,057 people died on the island as a result of the storm.
Tropical storm Dorian makes his way to Puerto Rico and can reach hurricane power
The photos & # 39; s of Trump who threw paper towels during his visit in October 2017 went viral
Since Maria reached the island, Trump and local officials have been dealing with verbal and twitterfists about whether or not Puerto Rico has received sufficient help.
In June, during an Oval Office meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister, Trump went after Governor Ricardo Rosselló and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and called him & # 39; terrible & # 39; and her & # 39; terrible & # 39 ;.
He then claimed that the people of Puerto Rico loved him because almost 100 percent of them watched the beauty contests that he owned.
& # 39; Look, he's a terrible governor. I think you have an even worse mayor of San Juan, she's terrible. I find her terrible, & he said to reporters.
& # 39; She is incompetent, coarse incompetent. At the same time, the governor is not good, & he added.
Rosselló later resigned to offensive and homophobic chat messages that were revealed to the public and caused massive protests throughout the island.
Trump and Melania Trump walked through San Juan to see Mary's damage
The president and first lady spent a day visiting the island to see Maria's damage
Meanwhile, Trump said he was the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico.
& # 39; I had the Miss Universe contest, the parades, and we had them twice in Puerto Rico. I tell you, we had enormous successes. In fact, they literally said 100%, this never happens, I think it was almost 100%, but 100% of the island itself watched, & he said.
& # 39; They love those parades. Now I have a great relationship with Puerto Rico. I am the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico & # 39 ;, he added.
And he tweeted from Cruz in April: & # 39; The crazy and incompetent mayor of San Juan did such a bad job of making the island healthy again. & # 39;
Cruz shot back through his own tweet: & # 39; Pres Trump continues to embarrass himself and his office. He is beaten loose and therefore lies about the $ that PR has received. & # 39;
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