Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said Friday that the Trump administration has helped the CNMI more than he imagined, but that he will ask President-elect Joe Biden to continue helping the Commonwealth if Biden prevails in the lawsuits that the Trump administration has initiated to contest the Nov. 3 election results.
Speaking at radio news briefing, Torres said that if there are some contentions or a lawsuit challenging the election results, then he respects that process.
The governor said that when the time comes and whoever is sworn in as President by January next year, he intends to asks them to continue supporting the CNMI.
Torres said that, with the Trump administration, they have had all the assistance and direct communication with President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.
“I hope that, if Biden succeeds, whatever that lawsuit is, if there is one, then I’ll just ask that he continue to help the CNMI,” Torres said.
Torres said he wants Biden to, at the very minimum, understand the CNMI’s needs and give all the support that the Commonwealth can get and continue to get.
Soon after media reports declared Biden as the President-elect, Torres sent his and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios’ congratulatory message to Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris, on behalf of the people of the CNMI.
Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) earlier stated that he is looking forward to working in the U.S. House of Representatives over the next two years to advance Biden’s and Harris’ agenda.