Economists are estimating that it could be more than a decade before Puerto Rico recovers from the hurricane damage.
The President has continued to try to deflect attention away from the post-Hurricane crisis and blame Puerto Ricans for a massive debt that he claims was their own doing.
Puerto Rico was already on the brink of economic collapse before the storm hit. Compared to the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the damage from Maria has received relatively little media or government attention.
The American territory’s economy is in shambles, a fact that affected the dynamic of this latest election. Many Puerto Ricans favor complete independence from the US over statehood.