Puerto Rico governor to attend State of the Union
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was invited by Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer of New York to attend President Trump’s State of the Union address.
Rosselló left Monday evening for Washington for the event Tuesday at the House of Representatives. His office, La Fortaleza, said he also intends to meet with members of Congress and the Trump administration to “discuss pressing matters pertaining the approval of emergency aid to meet the funding of several assistance programs of the Island.”
The referred to federal aid includes that for the island’s Nutritional Assistance Program and Medicare and Medicaid funding, “as well as other issues related to the recovery and reconstruction of Puerto Rico following the passage of Hurricane Maria in 2017.”
A spokesman for Rosselló said the governor plans to “warn Trump against ‘draining’ cash earmarked for post-hurricane recovery efforts on the island and use it to fund the construction of a border wall with Mexico,” according to the New York Daily News.
Rosselló will be joined by the executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, Carlos Mercader, for the meetings.
Puerto Rico Secretary of State Luis Rivera will serve as acting governor until Rosselló returns to the island Thursday.