The governor of Puerto Rico blasted a reported White House proposal to use money set aside for disaster relief to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
"No wall should be funded on the pain and suffering of US citizens who have endured tragedy and loss through a natural disaster. This include those citizens that live in CA, TX, PR, VI and other jurisdictions. Today it's us, tomorrow it could be you," Ricardo Rossello wrote on Twitter.
Rossello continued in a series of follow-up posts, trying to make the point that the United States should continue rebuilding Puerto Rico, which was devastated by hurricanes in 2017, and other areas that have been impacted by natural disasters in recent years.
"No justification should be considered to reclassify the money that US citizens will use to rebuild their communities. If anything, the conversation should be how we get more resources to rebuild those impacted areas faster," he added.
He closed the thread by writing, "Mr. President, don't tear down US citizens in order to build a wall. Help the USA rebuild."
With the government shutdown now at three weeks and showing no signs of being resolved, President Donald Trump is looking at other ways to secure money for the border wall. That includes using the military and dipping into disaster relief funds.