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Author: Carlos Yordan

What the data says on whether the Trump Administration favored Texas and Florida Over Puerto Rico

In a letter to President Donald Trump, dated September 19, 2018, Ricardo Rosselló (NPP, D), Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood governor, noted that: “The ongoing and historic inequalities resulting from Puerto Rico’s territorial status have been exacerbated by a series of decisions by the federal government that have slowed our post-disaster recovery, compared to what has happened in other jurisdictions stateside.” Earlier in September, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo argued that: “President Trump never tried to help Puerto Rico. Florida got attention, Texas got attention, and Puerto Rico got the short end of the stick.” For his part, President Trump has...

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Fact-checking Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s claims on statehood for Puerto Rico

At the end of September, Newsweek’s Robert Valencia interviewed Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood governor, Ricardo Rosselló (NPP, D). They met a few days after President Donald Trump (R) told Geraldo Rivera that he did not support Puerto Rico’s statehood aspirations. The president also blamed the islands’ recovery on Carmen Yulin Cruz (PDP, D), the Mayor of San Juan, and other “incompetent” leaders. Rosselló used the interview to make a case for why Puerto Rico should be admitted as the nation’s 51st state. In making his case for statehood, Rosselló made two problematic statements that require further scrutiny. For example, he told...

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