The back and forth escalated as President Trump planned to fly on Wednesday to the Florida Panhandle for a campaign rally, in which it's likely President Trump will talk not only about aid for the region, but also rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018.
The House is scheduled to vote later this week on a $17.2 billion disaster funding bill which includes $600 million in specific food assistance programs for Puerto Rico, along with a variety of emergency funding for farmers and ranchers in the southeast.
The House bill includes $400 million to rebuild Tyndall - Republicans hope to force a vote in the House later this week to increase that to over $700 million, as the Air Force has stopped recovery work at the base, because of a lack of Congressional action.
This would be the second time in 2019 that Democrats in the House have approved a disaster aid bill; back in January, the House voted in favor of $14 billion in aid - extra money has now been added to deal with recent floods in the Midwest, and tornadoes in the south.
One note about the disaster relief fight - despite all of the protests from GOP lawmakers about the lack of action, the Trump Administration has never officially asked Congress for extra aid to deal with the damage from Hurricane Michael, floods in the Midwest, or wildfires in California.
The political dispute over aid for Puerto Rico is also getting some attention from Major League Baseball - as the manager of the Boston Red Sox is boycotting his team's visit to the White House later this week, over how the Trump Administration has dealt with Puerto Rico.
Speaking to reporters in Chicago over the weekend, Alex Cora confirmed that his concerns with the response of the Trump Administration to damage from Hurricane Maria led him to change his mind about going to the White House.
"We still have a long ways to go," Cora said of the recovery efforts on his home island.