"Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton also called on Trump's administration to do more, and to recognize Puerto Ricans as U.S. citizens.
"'President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens,' Clinton tweeted on Sunday.
"Puerto Rico's government, which is effectively bankrupt and in over $70 billion of debt, has asked the federal government to waive the costs the commonwealth might have to pay out of pocket.
"Though implicit, Rossello's fears about being forgotten came across. During his interview, Rossello underscored the uniquely precarious situation Puerto Rico faces because of its long-term economic struggles, while maintaining that Americans in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands should receive no less aid than the residents of any state.
"'Whatever relief package we have, whatever impact we have, we are U.S. citizens. We shouldn't be the lesser for it,' said the governor. If a response proves lackluster, Rossello predicted 'massive migration that would deteriorate our [economic] base here in Puerto Rico and would provoke significant demographic shifting in other areas of the United States.'
"On Monday the governor, who like Trump is highly active on Twitter, retweeted a statement from Puerto Rico's last Republican Gov. Luis Fortuno.
"'The Federal Gov needs to act immediately to assist PR. Congress should support the 3.5 m US citizens residing in PR in same way as TX and FL,' it said."
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