Trump accuses Puerto Rico of using disaster funds to pay off other debt

Reuters Washington, USA Oct 23, 2018, 10.58 PM(IST)

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'The US will NOT bail out long outstanding & unpaid obligations with hurricane relief money!,' Trump said on Twitter.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Puerto Rico's politicians of using "massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding" to pay off other debts, and said he would not allow a bailout with relief money.

"The US will NOT bail out long outstanding & unpaid obligations with hurricane relief money!," Trump said on Twitter.

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A federally appointed oversight board on Tuesday approved a fiscal reform plan for Puerto Rico over opposition from the island's elected government. The plan calls for a range of fiscal and structural reforms, reduces government spending and takes into account $20 billion in federal disaster relief funds.