Trump announces $13 billion aid package for Puerto Rico, three years after Hurricane Maria

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Written by Jorge Quintero

Better Late than never.

President Trump announced on Friday a $13 billion package to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastating hurricane that hit the island three years ago — a maneuver that coincidentally comes less than two months before Election Day.

The surprising announcement is in sharp contrast to what the president has previously said before, criticizing Puerto Rico and their
“corrupt leaders”.

Obviously, something changed – and Trump assures he only has Puerto Rico’s best interest at heart.

“I’m the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico,” Trump said at a news conference at the White House. “Nobody is even close.”

Friday’s announcement could also be perceived as pandering to the latino community – a community Trump and Biden must win over if they want to come away with the state of Florida.

According to CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins, Trump was asked about the timing of his announcement – something Trump said was purely coincidental.

Trump still remains unpopular among Puerto Ricans, who blame him for the federal government’s poorly managed disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Maria.

It may not matter to President Trump, as it seems he has more in mind when it comes to Puerto Rico:

Republicans have been making strides with the Latinos in Florida — especially among Cubans, who have a long history of supporting the Republican party, mostly due to their stance against the communist regime in Cuba.

Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute at FIU, thinks the presidential race will come down to that.

“This could be a battle between Cuban Americans in South Florida and Puerto Rican voters in Central Florida,” he said. “A few thousand people can make a difference.”

Only time will tell how much the Latino vote will influence the presidential election on November 3rd, but one thing is for sure:

We’re in for a wild ride.


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