Trump lifts Jones Act to assist disaster relief to Puerto Rico

Trump lifts Jones Act to assist disaster relief to Puerto Rico

Trump lifts Jones Act to assist disaster relief to Puerto Rico

In the first six days after the hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, the Navy had deployed just two ships, citing concerns that Puerto Rico's ports were too damaged to accommodate numerous large vessels, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The waiver, the White House said, would go into effect immediately.

The airline says it canceled 5,000 flights through Wednesday because of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

It's been nine days without electricity for much of Puerto Rico.

"Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help".

Cruz said she wasn't alone in concluding that federal action to help the USA commonwealth recover from Hurricane Maria, which hit on September 20, had been inadequate so far.

Later in the morning while speaking to manufacturers, Trump said that the relief effort had been hampered by Puerto Rico's location and seemed to express frustration with local officials.

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The 1920 law restricts shipments between USA ports to US-owned and operated cargo ships, thus preventing foreign-flagged ships from delivering relief aid to the United States territory.

What did the White House say?

Even before Maria hit, the island relied heavily on imports.

A few hours after posting her message to Trump, Rihanna called for a "round of applause" for efforts to aid Puerto Rico from former presidents George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. CNN is the station that has dedicated most coverage to Puerto Rico. Only 11 of the island's 69 hospitals have power or fuel supply and nearly half of the population is without potable water, according to a FEMA briefing issued Tuesday morning.

Cruz was referring to a remark by acting US Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, head of the parent department for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who said on Thursday she was satisfied with the disaster response so far.

She has donated $1 million to relief efforts, while her fellow Puerto Ricans Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi have also been collecting for victims. The move is meant to boost the delivery of much-needed relief supplies after Hurricane Maria battered the US territory last week.

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