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White House yet to confirm date of Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico

By on September 18, 2017

SAN JUAN – As Puerto Rico prepares for Hurricane María, which is arriving Tuesday night, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Monday that he is still waiting for the U.S. government to let him know the exact date on which President Donald Trump will visit the island.

The governor explained that the passage of María over Puerto Rico will not affect the president’s visit because an exact date was not given, only confirmation of the visit.

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“About Trump’s visit, we haven’t had communication,” the governor said at a press conference on the preparations underway ahead of the storm at the State Agency for Emergency and Disaster Management (Aemead by its Spanish initials) in Caguas. “What was established is he is coming to Puerto Rico; they haven’t yet given me a date,” he added.

Trump is visiting the various states and territories recently affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. During his visit to the Caribbean, the president will visit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This would be Trump’s first visit to Puerto Rico since becoming president.

Meanwhile, Rosselló confirmed that the members of the island’s fiscal control board have not communicated with him regarding either hurricanes Irma or María.

He has only communicated in writing days ago with the executive director of the board, Natalie Jaresko, about a meeting that was postponed due to the weather’s interruption.

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“I will notify you when the board communicates with me,” the governor said. “When the members communicate, I’ll gladly let you know.”

Although the fiscal board issued a release on the eve of Hurricane Irma’s arrival, making itself available to the government, the governor has insisted that his administration and the board haven’t had direct communication on the matter.

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