Puerto Rico is still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, but President Biden paid a visit to the island on Monday to express his support.
Biden surveyed the damage left by the storm and met with officials, before speaking in Ponce where he pledged $60 million in federal funding.
“I know what it’s like to be a Puerto Rican living on the mainland,” Biden said. “I was raised around Puerto Ricans at home politically.”
The president’s visit comes as Puerto Rico continues to grapple with the economic and humanitarian crisis that has engulfed the island since Hurricane Maria struck in 2017.
Despite the challenges, Biden expressed optimism for Puerto Rico’s future, saying “there is no place like Puerto Rico.”
“The spirit of the Puerto Rican people is unbreakable,” he said. “And I am confident that Puerto Rico will come back stronger than ever.”
“I know the challenges that Puerto Ricans have faced over the last few years,” Biden said. “I want you to know that you have a president and an administration that’s going to be with you every step of the way.”
Biden also took time to meet with local officials and business leaders to discuss the ongoing recovery effort. He pledged to continue working with Congress to secure the resources needed to help Puerto Rico rebuild.
“Puerto Ricans have always been part of the fabric of who we are as a nation,” Biden said. “And that’s why, even in the midst of this pandemic, we’re going to make sure Puerto Rico has the resources it needs to recover and rebuild.”
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