Puerto Rican Beltran to skip Astros' White House visit

From Reuters - February 6, 2018

(Reuters) - Recently retired Carlos Beltran will skip the Major League champion Houston Astros visit to the White House, he said on Tuesday, citing family reasons while also criticising the United States government and agencies.

Beltran, a native of Puerto Rico, said that he was disappointed in the U.S. response to Hurricane Maria that devastated the Caribbean island in September.

He noted the swift recovery by Houston after massive flooding in the Texas city in August.

One thing that really impressed me a lot was how fast that city was able to get back on its feet, the 40-year-old Beltran told reporters at an award dinner in New York.

The situation in Puerto Rico has been different. Theres no doubt that Im disappointed and Im not the only one.

Were very disappointed in the government that we havent gotten the same benefits.

Being part of the United States, you expect to at least get the same benefits when tragedies like this happen.


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