Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló issued the following statement five days after the powerful Category 4 Hurricane Maria devasted Puerto Rico. The Governor made similar expressions in a Monday morning interview with Fox News Channel.
“What Puerto Rico is experiencing after Hurricane Maria is an unprecedented disaster. The devastation is vast. Our infrastructure and energy distribution systems suffered great damages. We are collaborating with the federal government in emergency response and have received a tremendous outpour of solidarity from people all over the nation.
“But make no mistake—this is a humanitarian disaster involving 3.4 million U.S. citizens. We will need the full support of the U.S. government. People cannot forget we are U.S. citizens—and proud of it. So much so that in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which also hit Puerto Rico, we conducted emergency rescue operations to save thousands of U.S. citizens in the Caribbean islands that were devastated by that storm.
“Given Puerto Rico’s fragile economic recovery prior to the storms, we ask the Trump Administration and U.S. Congress to take swift action to help Puerto Rico rebuild.”