Lawmakers introduce bill that would make Puerto Rico 51st state

The bill also saw support from Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. Rossello, who is not known for bombastic language, said he was speaking metaphorically, and he wanted Trump to know "It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage".

Some lawmakers have argued the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria, as well as the imposition of federal control over the island's budget under President Barack Obama, highlight the danger in leaving the island subject to a government it has no role in electing.

Trump claimed on Thursday he has "taken better care of Puerto Rico than any man, ever", rebutting claims he's ignored the island's plight after Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico renewed its push for statehood past year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the island in 2017. We have 29 billion to Texas and 12 billion to Florida for the hurricanes. "I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack", he said. "I think the people of Puerto Rico understand it".

"If Rossello supports that Puerto Rico becomes a state WITHOUT CONSULTING THE PEOPLE - as the USA news says - it will reveal what it is: an aspiring dictator who wants to get something people didn't vote for", she tweeted in Spanish. Puerto Rico statehood is expected to be a major issue for both parties in the 2020 election.

Puerto Rico has been in an economic recession for about 13 years and faces a government debt crisis, leading hundreds of thousands of residents to move to the States as the island's poverty rate rise about three times as high as the average in the United States.

Rossello said he has been asking for a meeting with the President for months so he could explain what is happening, but Trump has so far refused to talk to him.

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