Ricardo Rosselló Asks Donald Trump for Meeting After Admin Calls Food Assistance “Excessive and Unnecessary"
The Trump administration is calling the $600 million in supplemental food assistance funding for Puerto Rico passed by the House of Representatives "excessive and unnecessary” -- its latest attempt to remove funding from the still-recovering island. In response, Governor Ricardo Rosselló is calling for a meeting with Donald Trump so he can "correct the ill-informed advice and disconcerting notions you are getting on Puerto Rico, particularly on the NAP program, which provides much-needed nutritional assistance to over one million U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico." The $600 million would go to PR’s Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico (NAP) -- the island's version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- which Rosselló said would help more than one million Puerto Ricans who are in desperate need of services. In a video message to Trump last week, Rosselló stated, "There is a patent, severe lack of knowledge regarding the inequalities sustained by the U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico and of the use of the recovery funding in all the reports that have been attributed to your administration." The administration said it would not sign any bill with supplemental funding -- unless that funding was for Trump’s border wall or security. This comes after the White House had directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this month to figure out how much of the $13.9 billion in emergency funds for Puerto Rico could instead be used for the border wall -- a move that has angered island officials. Watch Rosselló’s message here.