Washington — U.N. officials have approved a $10.5 billion assistance package to help repair the island’s electrical grid and restore power to businesses and consumers, as President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the United Nations.
Trump said Friday he was ending the U.
Ns. aid program and “the United States of America is no longer a member of the United Nation.”
Puerto Rico Gov.
Ricardo Rosselló said in a statement that the UN.
“has to do better.”
Puerto Ricans are among more than 50 million people in the U., as well as the Caribbean, who rely on the United States mainland to get essential services, such as electricity and water.
Rosselló called Trump’s decision a “crucial step in restoring stability to the island.”
The Puerto Rican government has appealed the decision, and the U-N.
General Assembly is set to debate the issue next week.
The U.W. said the Un. aid package will be used to assist the island with the construction of a new power transmission system, which is expected to take at least six months to complete, and that it will also provide emergency financial assistance to businesses affected by Hurricane Maria.
The administration said the Puerto Rican funding would be used for infrastructure upgrades, to expand capacity and to repair existing transmission lines.
The aid package includes $2.4 billion for power, water, transportation, and other basic needs, the White House said.
Trump announced the U nns.
decision on Twitter Friday, saying he was withdrawing from the UNs.
“The United States is no more a member or a partner of the Unguided.”
Rossello, who took office in January, said the new aid package is a “historic” and “historic step” in Puerto Rico’s recovery.
The U. N. says the Uns.
will provide financial aid to businesses damaged by Maria and to Puerto Ricos in need of critical supplies.
The $10-billion aid package represents a major step in rebuilding the island and its economy.
It includes more than $5 billion for the rebuilding of the island power system, and more than half of the $3.8 billion in emergency aid, Rossello said in an interview with The Associated Press.
The money will be spent in three phases, including $10 million toward the construction and repair of the power system and a $1.5-billion grant for the island to upgrade its existing power system.
Rosseló said the aid will help Puerto Ricas and their neighbors.
Rosche said the relief package is intended to allow Puerto Rico to recover, as the U’s financial assistance is meant to help the island rebuild its economy, not to rebuild the U as a nation.
He said the money will go toward repairs to the power grid and for the construction on the new power network.
The island’s government said in the statement that it is committed to rebuilding the electricity system, adding that it intends to provide the necessary power for businesses.
The government said the $10bn aid package also includes $1 billion for public works and $1-billion for projects aimed at improving the health and economic status of the people of Puerto Rico.