Trump Waves Jones Act to Speed Up Assistance to Puerto Rico

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 1, 2017

The following content is sourced from external partners. "We can not be distracted by anything else".

"I had my two daughters here", said Marcano.

"Puerto Rico was totally destroyed". The hurricane has killed at least 16 people, according to the official death toll.

Trump also says the mayor was "very complimentary only a few days ago", but "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump".

"This is not a good news story", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told CNN on Friday following comments made the previous day by a top Trump administration official.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017.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. They will be doing anything they can to assist with relief efforts.

He says the hurricane "totally destroyed" Puerto Rico and that "the military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an incredible job". Cruz on Friday had criticized the Trump administration's response to the hurricane, saying, "I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying".

Millions of American citizens in Puerto Rico are desperate for food and water.

"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency", Cruz said at a news conference.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright may have been the most direct but he was hardly the only celebrity to blast Trump for somehow finding it appropriate to play politics with a national tragedy.

"Trump on Thursday eased shipping restrictions on Puerto Rico to make it easier to deliver fuel and water supplies to the island".

The Trump administration has said its relief efforts are succeeding, but people on the island say help is scarce and disorganized.

Rossello and Cruz are members of rival political parties. Lt. Gen. Jeff Buchanan, commander of U.S. Army North, was set to arrive Thursday to assess the situation so that the military can provide the highest possible level of support, Northern Command spokesman John Cornelio said.

"We are dying", Cruz said she was hopeful the situation would improve.

Later in the day, Trump tempered his tweeted barbs.

"We're getting commodities to Puerto Rico", said Long.

The U.S. military is moving in more equipment and personnel to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state officials respond to the destruction from the storm, which landed just as the island was recovering from Hurricane Irma. No long lines for you. "I know that better than anybody", he said.

Thousands of containers piling on on San Juan docks for distribution.

The president concluded that his "recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor".

Tarbox, a retiree from CT who has lived in San Juan for 20 years, said he was anxious most about running out of diesel fuel for his generator.

Puerto Rico's creaky power grid was wiped out in the storm, a loss expected to further cripple the island's economy, which has always been mired in recession.

On Wednesday, President Trump said his administration was looking at a new waiver as an option, but revealed there was pressure not to act on behalf of Puerto Rico.

The insurance industry has begun to tally the damage from Maria, with one modelling company estimating that claims could reach $85 billion. The migrants are mostly younger workers, economists have said.

"The president has shown again he doesn't give a damn about poor people, doesn't give a damn about people of color", Honoré said.

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