Puerto Rico’s governor endorsed President Trump’s re-election bid on Tuesday.
In an interview with Telemundo, Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced announced her support for Trump and urged Puerto Ricans in the United States to vote for him on Nov. 3.
“I ask all Puerto Ricans who are listening to go vote,” Vázquez Garced said.
The Republican official was to participate in a campaign event with Trump in central Florida on Friday but it was canceled after the president tested positive for COVID-19, according to Miami Herald reporter Syra Ortiz-Blanes.
Vázquez Garced endorsed Trump despite his opposition to the island’s statehood, something she supports.
Puerto Rico is a US territory but people on the island are ineligible to vote in the presidential election.
In the Telemundo interview, Vázquez Garced was asked about Trump’s infamous visit to the island where he tossed paper towels to Puerto Ricans devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
According to a translation by Ortiz Blanes, the governor replied that people needed to move on because “no one is perfect.”
Last month, the president promised $13 billion in federal funding to help Puerto Rico rebuild schools and electrical grids three years after they were destroyed by Hurricane Maria.
He denied reports that the move was politically motivated, saying he had been working on the package for “a long time.”
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