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Governor of Puerto Rico demands same rights as mainland U.S.

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Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares demanded from U.S. President Donald J. Trump that Puerto Rican citizens should have the same rights than those from the United States.

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"The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico demand the help and rights of the citizens of our nation," said the island governor, who defended as leader of the New Progressive Party (PNP) for full annexation to the United States.

In this way, Rossello Nevares reacted to a series of tweets by the US president, in which he blamed the Puerto Ricans for the debt of $73 billion and the costs to the United States of the presence of more than 10,000 federal officials and military officers to give assistance due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria three weeks ago.

Referring to the crisis in Puerto Rico, Trump said this morning in several messages that "Congress will have to decide how much to spend on the reconstruction of the island," which is estimated to take more than a year.

The U.S. president has extolled the work by federal agencies on the island and underestimated the damage caused by cyclone Maria.

The U.S. Government assistance has been translated so far into more than 10,000 federal and military agents, in addition to the $210 million disbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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