Obama's Puerto Rico Visit Causes Anger, Discontent

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

President Barack Obama may have been in Puerto Rico for only four hours, but his brief fundraising visit has unleashed a growing political furor in the U.S. territory.

Legislators of Puerto Rico's pro-statehood ruling party say they resent that he raised about $1 million and did not offer any solutions as the island battles a soaring crime rate and the highest unemployment rate compared with any U.S. state.

Senator Melinda Romero said in a statement late Friday that she
has demanded an apology from Obama and will travel to the U.S. next
week to meet with Puerto Rican leaders in key states including
Florida and New York.

A White House spokesman did not return a request for comment.

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