Despite perceptions, Puerto Rico recovery czar says Trump is 'committed' to the island

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — As the commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 7th District based in Miami, Rear Adm. Peter J. Brown helped rush lifesaving aid to Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria pummeled the island in 2017.Now Brown has a taller order: help the U.S. territory of 3.2 million recover from those natural disasters as well as a series of earthquakes that began Dec. 28.As the newly appointed White House special representative for Puerto Rico’s disaster recovery, Brown will have to navigate a quagmire of bureaucracy, local and national politics, and perceptions, fueled by his boss, P...


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