The president of the US, Donald Trump, declared Tuesday the state of emergency for Puerto Rico before the imminent arrival of the tropical storm Dorian scheduled for Wednesday.
With his statement, Trump authorized the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and his Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to "coordinate all disaster relief efforts that are intended to alleviate the difficulties and suffering caused. for the emergency in the local population. "
"Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide, at its discretion, the equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency," Trump said in the statement.
The US president, protagonist of various controversies with Puerto Rico for the impact of hurricanes María and Irma in 2017, tweeted on Tuesday morning about Dorian.
"Wow! Another great storm is approaching Puerto Rico. Will it ever end?" Trump wondered.
Trump also boasted in his message of federal aid to Puerto Rico under his Presidency, which amounted to 92,000 million dollars, an exaggerated number since to date only 14,200 million have been disbursed.
The tropical storm passed on Tuesday over the island of Santa Lucia and entered the Caribbean with winds of 85 kilometers per hour that will increase this Wednesday while heading to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, reported the National Hurricane Center (NHC) .
In their latest newsletter, NHC meteorologists predicted that Dorian will have become a hurricane when it hits land or passes near the coast of Puerto Rico.
In the last two years, Trump has strongly criticized Puerto Rico, a territory that, as a US Commonwealth, has no right to vote in the election of the president, indicating that its leaders are a "disaster."
After visiting Puerto Rico in 2017, Trump said that Hurricane Maria was not "a real catastrophe" as Katrina was in 2005, and last year denied that the cyclone caused almost 3,000 deaths, as indicated by an academic report backed by Puerto Rican authorities.
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