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Trump Wants To Stop Sending Hurricane Relief Money To Puerto Rico

Earlier this year, it was reported that Puerto Rico would finally be receiving federal money in efforts to help the island land back on its feet after big hit with two devastating hurricanes. Well, the money has helped somewhat. The Wall Street Journal reported that Puerto Rico’s bonds are “soaring” which means that their financial future is on the upswing, or at least, looking hopeful. The news of their economic gains caused concern with President Trump who is now threatening to stop the money from reaching the island.

Despite being promised money, President Trump now wants to stop sending federal funds to Puerto Rico.

Congress approved an estimated $16 billion to help Puerto Rico‘s housing, electric grid, and Medicaid. Puerto Rico, however, had asked for a whole lot more. According to the New York Times, Puerto Rico wanted “$17 billion for the power grid alone.

According to the Axios report, Trump believes that Puerto Rico is somehow using federal funds to pay off their $73 billion debt ($120 billion in bond and pension debt) despite not having any proof to back up those claims. He also allegedly believes that Puerto Rico is mismanaging the money that Congress has already promised them.

A source told Axios that Trump misinterpreted the Wall Street Journal believing that the good report about their bonds somehow meant their debt was decreasing.

Congress will be approving a new budget in December, and according to Axios, it may include sending more money to Puerto Rico. Some may think that the $16 billion, that Puerto Rico is already getting, is way too much. In comparison, during Hurricane Katrina, FEMA got an estimated $60 billion to help people affected by that hurricane in 2005.

People on social media, including San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, say this latest attempt at taking money back from Puerto Rico, is just another sign of Trump’s disdain for the island.

“Today when he should honor the lives sacrificed by thousands Trump once again insults PR. ENOUGH, R.E.S.P.E.C.T!,” Yulín Cruz said on Twitter.

On Oct. 23, the president tweeted: “The people of Puerto Rico are wonderful but the inept politicians are trying to use the massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding to pay off other obligations. The U.S. will NOT bail out long outstanding & unpaid obligations with hurricane relief money!”

 Yulín Cruz added that Trump has yet to acknowledge the actual number of people killed due to the hurricanes.

The president has always doubted the number of dead that was released by George Washington University. In August, the school said almost 3,000 people died due to the hurricanes, but Trump still says that didn’t happen.

On Oct. 23, he tweeted: “This method was never done with previous hurricanes because other jurisdictions know how many people were killed. FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER – NO WAY!”


READ: Hurricane Maria Devastated Puerto Rico’s Agriculture Industry. This Website Is Helping To Bring It Back

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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