Ricardo Rosselló Says White House Refuses to Meet About Hurricane Aid
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló (D) said the White House denied a request for a meeting with Donald Trump -- without giving a reason -- to discuss disaster relief efforts on the island following Hurricane Maria in 2017. Rosselló was in DC over the weekend for the National Governors Association conference, and had publicly and privately requested a meeting with the president. Rosselló’s team had requested the sit-down after reports emerged that the administration was considering using $2.5 billion assigned to reconstruction projects on the island to pay for Trump’s border wall. The administration instead arranged a meeting between Rosselló and HUD Secretary Ben Carson. But Rosselló wants answers directly from Trump and hopes to press the president today during a White House meeting with dozens of governors about Puerto Rico’s challenges. “Eventually the buck has to stop somewhere. It has to stop with the president. There is no movement,” Rosselló said. “We really need action right now.” More here.