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Puerto Rico Gets $13 Billion in Aid With Election Just Ahead

  • The diaspora is a powerful and coveted voting bloc in Florida
  • Governor says money is due to a ‘good relationship’ with Trump
Wanda Vazquez
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Puerto Rico is getting $13 billion in additional disaster funding to rebuild its energy grid and repair schools, which were ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

The money comes a full three years after the deadly storm and just six weeks before the presidential election, with Democrats and Republicans battling for Puerto Rican voters in crucial Florida. Speaking Friday at the White House, President Donald Trump brushed off questions about the timing.