Puerto Rico Governor warns over ‘bully’ White House

A lawmaker from Florida has introduced a bill that would make Puerto Rico the country's 51st state.

The new legislation also calls for the banning of all coal plants. Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke over the weekend called for admitting Puerto Rico as the 51st US state, while Sens.

ASSOCIATED PRESS In his first visit to the island after Hurricane Maria, Trump tossed paper towels at survivors, who were in dire need of basic services after the storm wiped out electricity on the island.

The Governor of Puerto Rico spoke bluntly about his relationship with Trump. "By embracing renewable energy, our islands can reduce the reliance on fossil fuels, benefiting both the natural environment and our economy".

Trump claimed on Thursday he has "taken better care of Puerto Rico than any man, ever", rebutting claims he's ignored the island's plight after Hurricane Maria.

""(CNN) Tensions are escalating between President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico's governor over disaster relief efforts that have been slow in coming for the still-battered island after Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico has been in an economic recession for about 13 years and faces a government debt crisis, leading hundreds of thousands of residents to move to the States as the island's poverty rate rise about three times as high as the average in the United States.

Puerto Rico has 3.3 million residents, which would make it bigger than 21 existing USA states.

"It's time to end 120 years of colonialism for Puerto Ricans", Soto tweeted. It has the full support of Puerto Rico's non-voting Republican representative, Jenniffer Gonzalez Colon.

Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) cited a 2017 vote by Puerto Ricans. The resolution finds the previous referendum, which was observed by Soto among others, was sufficient as 97 percent of voters voted for statehood.


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