Trump denies North Carolina 99% of hurricane relief funds

According to an announcement from North Carolina governor Roy Cooper, the state will be receiving far less than the $929 million it requested from the Trump administration for relief from Hurricane Matthew.

WBTV reports that N.C. will only receive 6.1 million, which is 99 percent less than the original figure requested. Responding to the news, Cooper sent President Trump a letter expressing “shock and disappointment in the lack of federal funding for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.”

The funds would have been used to “help communities and families fix homes, repair businesses and recover from the historic flooding,” Cooper added.

“Families across Eastern North Carolina need help to rebuild and recover, and it is an incredible failure by the Trump Administration and Congressional leaders to turn their backs,” Cooper, who is a Democrat, said in a statement released to the press.

“Matthew was a historic storm and we are still working every day to help families return home and rebuild their communities. North Carolinians affected by this storm cannot be ignored by the Trump Administration and Congressional leadership, and I will continue to work with our Congressional delegation to get North Carolina residents affected by the storm the help they deserve.”

In the 2016 election, Trump won N.C. with 173, 315 more votes than his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

You can read Governor Cooper’s letter to President Trump in full here.

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Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.