Trump’s push for Puerto Rico divers is ‘silly’
President Donald Trump’s plan to expand access to divers in Puerto Rico is a “silly idea,” a top White House official said Wednesday.
In a tweet, the White House deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said the plan “has a real chance of success” in the U.S. territory.
The announcement comes as Puerto Rico grapples with an economic crisis, with some 1.2 million people in need of food aid and another 1 million in need for medical care.
The U.N. has estimated the island needs $75 billion in emergency aid.
Trump has made divers a priority, tweeting that he wants the federal government to pay for the program.
But Sanders said Trump “has not yet committed to spending that amount.”
The program, dubbed “slimming” the cost of the program, would require Congress to authorize more money for Puerto Rican hospitals and other government services.
Sanders also said the Trump administration is “working with the Puerto Rican government and the island’s governor to address challenges.”
She said the president will continue to work with Puerto Rico to provide assistance to the island and its residents.
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring the U