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How to rebuild Puerto Rico: Rubio asks Trump for expert panel

How to rebuild Puerto Rico: Rubio asks Trump for expert panel
From Reuters - October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Marco Rubio said on Thursday he has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to create a high-level task force to provide ideas and advice for helping Puerto Rico to rebuild after Hurricane Maria, and that the president was receptive to the idea.

Rubio, a Republican from Florida who has been deeply involved in discussions over the response, told Reuters in a telephone interview that the task force could be a sounding board for Trump as we move beyond the initial recovery phase to the broader long-term recovery phase.

While the idea was not yet a concrete plan, Rubio said he suggested that Trump consider drawing upon experts in business and finance who understand the politics of the U.S. territory and the mainland.

Rubio said he spoke with Trump on Sunday: He seemed to like the idea, and said they would follow up and see what that would look like.

Hurricane Maria, which slammed into Puerto Rico three weeks ago, killed at least 43 people and left much of the Caribbean island without electricity or safe drinking water.

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