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Trump Says Puerto Rico Governor Blamed Power Plant Flaw on Storm

  • President claims Rossello used hurricane to seek U.S. funding
  • Rossello asked Trump to push for statehood for the territory

President Donald Trump said Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello took advantage of a deadly hurricane last year to seek federal funds to rebuild a long-decrepit power plant, calling the move “very brilliant.”

During a meeting with governors at the White House, Trump praised the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria in 2017 and assailed the state of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure and economy before the storm.