Mainstream media, always ready to bash Trump, never reported this supposed quote from the Governor of PR. It’s made up. And there is a massive military aid operation going on now. It was started quickly.
But we have to talk about PR’s situation. They are in massive debt. From what pictures I see of the island, I don’t see a lot of self-help going on, but just asking for aid. Now they want a new infrastructure, despite not having maintained the old one, not having pruned trees to protect it, and being way in debt. I don’t think all that is happening. Their lives will be saved, but we won’t build them a new infrastructure and hand it to them.
If they want a new infrastructure they might have to give up ownership claims to land. Otherwise they can keep the land and build their own infrastructure. Their choice.