President Donald Trump said Monday that he wants a “fiscal response” to Hurricane Maria, calling for an additional $1 trillion in federal spending to be included in the 2018 federal budget.
Trump also said he would send a message to the nation about the storm to keep Americans safe, according to a transcript of his press conference released by the White House.
“This hurricane is a tremendous threat to our country and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that the American people are protected,” Trump said in a statement.
“The President and his team are going to be out in the field throughout Puerto Rico as well as Florida, and will be taking the appropriate steps to ensure that all Americans are safe.”
A hurricane has made landfall in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The U.N. has declared the area a disaster zone.
The storm has brought devastating power outages and heavy rains to parts of the island.
A massive storm surge has also been recorded.
Trump has been working on a plan to help the island recover from the storm, which is expected to bring up to 3 feet of rain.