Trump has had a busy history with American territory since Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Nearly 3,000 people died from the storm and the aftermath, including widespread power outages.
Trump has already targeted Puerto Rican officials for managing the billions of relief funds his administration has earmarked for recovery from a storm, accusing island leaders of spending part of that money for reasons other than cleaning up hurricane. In November 2018, White House officials told congressional leaders and appropriators that the president did not want additional relief funds to be sent to the island.
Trump has always denied any misconduct by his administration in the aftermath of the storm. Rather, the president asked for praise for his management of Hurricane Maria, calling it “an incredible and little-known success” last year.