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Mitt Romney To Trump: Put Aside Controversies, Prioritize Rescue Efforts In Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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Mitt Romney To Trump: Put Aside Controversies, Prioritize Rescue Efforts In Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands




Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday joined those calling on President Trump and congressional lawmakers to prioritize hurricane rescue and relief efforts before a humanitarian crisis unfolds.

Romney said Washington must “put aside controversies” and “prioritize rescue” efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria devastated the region last week, leaving millions without power.

He said the former Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño warned him that the U.S. territory is on the “brink of a humanitarian disaster.”

The Hill added:

Other prominent figures like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and other Democratic lawmakers have called on President Trump to step up the government’s rescue efforts as nearly 3.4 million residents in Puerto Rico are living without electricity after the storm knocked out the power on Wednesday.

Earlier Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged the Pentagon to send more hands to help the territories with recovery efforts, saying that they “deserve to know that their government will be there for them, without question or hesitation,” The Washington Post reported.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló called the Category 4 storm the “most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in modern history.”



Hurricane Maria has already claimed the lives of at least 19 people in the region.

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