Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has asked the department’s inspector general to open a financial investigation into the Puerto Rican agency set to get over $8 billion in disaster relief funds.
Carson, while eager to release the money dating back to the 2017 Hurricane Maria, first wants to make sure that Puerto Rico’s Departamento de la Vivienda, or Housing Department, hasn’t misused taxpayer funded money before giving it more, according to officials.
Also, the administration wants Puerto Rico to provide it with a blueprint for how it plans to spend the money before it gets it.
The administration, under fire from Democrats for holding up the disaster aid, has accused Puerto Rico of vast corruption. Pushing back on a recent attack from Democrats, President Trump tweeted about Puerto Rico, “The pols are grossly incompetent, spend the money foolishly or corruptly, & only take from USA…”