The president believes, without evidence, that local government is using the money to pay off its debt rather than help citizens rebuild.
In a new interview, the political theorist further clarifies why the GOP is the "most dangerous organization in human history."
Thanks to two obscure laws, those with the means to live there for half the year can skip out on taxes while the island struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Maria.
In a wild morning tweet, the president accuses Democrats of issuing a phony number to make him look bad.
Assuring the country that Americans' safety is his top priority, the president calls the government's actions in Puerto Rico, where 2,975 people died in last year's storm, "incredibly successful."
Although Hurricane Maria's death toll in Puerto Rico rivals that of the 9/11 attacks, the response to the two events has been dramatically different.
Findings of an independent study ordered by the U.S. territory's government are a sharp contrast to the hurricane's official death toll of 64 and about double the interim estimate of 1,400.
The New York City event points up the continuing struggle on the island, where many are still without electricity and thousands must seek more federal aid.
Author Naomi Klein teams up with other journalists, Puerto Rican organizational leaders and other activists to maintain focus on the embattled island.
Delayed medical care and poor infrastructure in Puerto Rico led to the deaths of thousands more than was officially reported, the study finds.