Five Senators Don’t Trust Trump’s Assessment—So They’re Flying to Puerto Rico to Survey the Damage Personally

Five US senators will be heading to Puerto Rico on Sunday to survey damage from Hurricane Maria and monitor relief efforts. The Department of Homeland security is coordinating the bipartisan visit.

Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) will be touring the island.

President Trump visited Puerto Rico this past week, but was widely criticized for his tone-deaf statements criticizing Puerto Rico’s leaders and people, and being self-congratulatory on relief efforts that have been universally condemned as being inadequate.

At least 36 people were killed in Puerto Rico when Maria made landfall, and 93% of the island is still without electricity. The island is home of 3.4 million American citizens.

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Lawmakers in the coming weeks will likely consider a $29 billion disaster aid package to pay for recovery efforts and federal flood insurance claims.

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