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Trump to work with  U.S. Congress on grants, loans for Puerto Rico

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017

US. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will work with the U.S. Congress to approve grants and loans to help rebuild Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria a month ago.

Speaking with reporters in the oval office, Trump did not give any specifics about how much money the government will give to the cash-strapped territory, home to 3.4 million U.S. Citizens.

“With that, I will say that I have given my blessing to Congress. And Congress is working with you and your representatives on coming up with a plan and a payment plan and how it’s all going to be funded,” said Trump.

A month after the hurricane laid waste to the island’s power grid, destroying homes, roads and other vital infrastructure, the bankrupt territory is struggling to provide basic services like running water and is in danger of running out of money by the end of the month.

“The response is there. Do we need to do a lot more? Of course, we do. And I think everybody over here recognizes there’s a lot of work to be done in Puerto Rico. But with your leadership Sir and with everybody over here, we’re committed to achieving that in the long run,” said Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello.

Private sector estimated of the damage run as high as $95 billion.

The Senate is expected to vote in the coming days on an aid package that includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has been helping Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from three massive hurricanes. — Reuters

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Trump pushes death penalty against drug dealers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

United States President Donald Trump unveiled an anti-opioid abuse plan, including his death penalty recommendation and one for tougher sentencing laws for drug dealers to address the growing opioid epidemic the country, at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“The ultimate penalty has to be the death penalty. Unless you have really really powerful penalties led by the death penalty for the really bad pushers and abusers, we are going to get nowhere. And I’m telling you we are going to get somewhere,” said Trump.

Addiction to opioids – primarily prescription painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl – is a growing problem in the United States, especially in rural areas. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016.

The new White House plan will seek to cut opioid prescriptions by a third over the next three years by changing federal healthcare programs, the White House officials said.

At the same event, Trump also promised to bring down prescription drug prices, saying U.S. citizens pay far more than people in other countries do for the same product.

“You’ll be seeing drug prices falling very substantially in the not too distant future and it’s going to be beautiful,” said Trump.

In discussing the opioid crisis, Trump said he would provide free Narcan, an emergency treatment for opioid overdoses, to schools. — Reuters

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Trump unveils plan to stimulate infrastructure improvements

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers an statement about missile strikes on a Syrian airbase, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a long-awaited infrastructure plan on Monday that asks the U.S. Congress to authorize $200 billion over 10 years to stimulate $1.5 trillion in improvements paid for by states, localities and private investors.

“I submitted legislative principles to Congress that will spur the biggest and boldest infrastructure investment in American history. The framework will generate an unprecedented 1.5 to 1.7 trillion dollar investment in American infrastructure,” said

The plan would reshape how the federal government funds roads, bridges, highways and other infrastructure projects. If it comes to fruition, many Americans could face higher local taxes, fees, and tolls.

The administration called the proposal a starting point for negotiations.

“One of the reasons we like the public-private is we’ll get some of that involved in getting these things done quickly, much more rapidly than you would get them done as a government, as good as some of these governments are,” said Trump.

Legislation for Trump’s infrastructure proposal would need 60 votes for passage in the 100-seat senate. But with Republicans holding only a 51-49 majority, they would need some Democratic support for passage.

The president is set to meet with congressional leaders on Wednesday on the proposal. Trump will head to the Orlando, Florida, area on Friday to sell the plan to the public.— Reuters

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Trump opens a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants in exchange for border wall

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

In his first State of the Union Address, US President Donald Trump struck an upbeat tone proclaiming a nation that is strong because of its strong backbone – the American citizens.

On his signature issue, Mr. Trump outlined his top priorities on any immigration legislation as Congress considers how to fix the nation’s immigration system.

He endorsed a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants brought into US as children, but said that it should be paired with border security, an end to the visa lottery system, and an end to US immigration policies that favor family-based immigration.

“Based on these discussions, we presented Congress with a detailed proposal that should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise,” said the US President.

Meanwhile, Trump highlighted what he called the “depraved” nature of the North Korean government. He said the administration was “waging a campaign of maximum pressure” against North Korea to prevent past mistakes and so as not to compromise the safety of the American people.

“North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland. We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from ever happening. I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this very dangerous position,” said Trump.

Other priorities with broader support include the passing of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package and the modernization and rebuilding of the US Nuclear arsenal.

“I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our economy needs and our people deserve,” said the US president.

As the midterm elections approach, it will be a question of whether the Democrats will continue the trend of opposing trump or will they outline a vision of their own.

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