Puerto Rico’s January 30-February 5, 2017 political week in tweets
Will Puerto Rico’s New Tech Sector Save the Island’s Economy?
— Pasquines (@Pasquines_US) February 1, 2017
Hoping to get a jump-start on the debt the island is in, the Puerto Rico Science, Technology, & Research Trust has started investing in the new technology and start-up sector of business. The Trust hopes to keep some of the 22,000 STEM students that graduate from Puerto Rican universities each year to help build the companies.
Puerto Rico Governor Approves Statehood Plebiscite
— Detroit Daily News (@DetroitDailyNew) February 3, 2017
Friday marked Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello signing a law providing for a non-binding plebiscite on the possibility of the island becoming a state. The plebiscite asks voters if they want to be independent (whether with full separation or under free association) or statehood.
Lockheed Martin Cuts Cost on 90 F-35s
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 6, 2017
After tough negotiations between aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and President Donald Trump, the cost of 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters dropped over $700 million. The F-35 program is the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history.
Secretary of Defense Mattis Receives Warm Welcome in Japan and South Korea
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 6, 2017
After being confirmed as the new Secretary of Defense just hours after President Trump was sworn in, Jim Mattis took off for a tour through East Asia. Stopping in both Japan and South Korea, Mattis was well-received for his military prowess, tactful leadership, and quick thinking by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo and his South Korean counterpart Han Min Koo.