Florida Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday to help with recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria devastated the island one week ago.
Scott’s office announced the trip with a brief statement Wednesday evening, noting that his visit comes “at the request of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.”
Also traveling with Scott will be Florida National Guard Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen and other unnamed state emergency management officials. No other details were provided.
Scott’s trip comes amid growing pleas for help by Puerto Rico, which is largely without power andlacking basic services one week after Hurricane Maria struck the island.Nationally, Republicans and Democrats are warning President Donald Trump to ramp up the federalresponse as Puerto Ricofaces a humanitarian crisis.
Scott on Wednesday offered Florida’s assistance in recovery efforts — such as through ensuring supplies can be shipped faster out of Florida’s seaports or potentially deploying National Guard troops or Fish and Wildlife officers.