Donald Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

Trump has spent much of his administration blasting Puerto Rican officials as corrupt and inept, and he has opposed spending to rebuild a power grid and other infrastructure that was wiped out by the Hurricane Maria in September 2017. He’s now portraying himself as the territory’s best friend. “I’m the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico,” he said at a White House press conference, “no one even close.” Trump has spent much of his administration blasting Puerto Rican officials as corrupt and inept, and he has opposed spending to rebuild a power grid and other infrastructure that was wiped out by the Hurricane Maria in September 2017. He’s now portraying himself as the territory’s best friend. “I’m the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico,” he said at a White House press conference, “no one even close.”

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