WASHINGTON  | The Latest: PR rep says disaster aid should not pay for wall

11Jan - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local):

8:15 a.m.

Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress says it is “unacceptable” for President Donald Trump to consider taking billions of dollars slated for disaster response in the U.S. territory to help build a border wall. She said to do so amounts to “playing with our pain and hope.”

A congressional official said Thursday the White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to look for billions of dollars earmarked last year for disaster response for Puerto Rico and other areas that could be diverted to a border wall.

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