Trump lifts shipping restrictions for storm-hit Puerto Rico

Lynne Hanson
September 29, 2017

Puerto Rico was recently hit by Hurricane Maria when it was a category 4 hurricane, making it the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico since 1928.

Lawmakers, including Senator John McCain of Arizona, had pushed the government to waive the Act.

The 29-year-old singer tweeted an image of Wednesday's New York Daily News cover, featuring the headline "American Tragedy" and reading "No food, no water, no power, no medical care for the dying..." Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said he was dissatisfied with the federal response but that relief operations had been hampered by damage to the air traffic control system, airports and ports.

Pressure on Trump to waive the law had been increasing since reports of Puerto Rico's devastation began gaining traction.

The Trump administration waived the act after recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which battered Florida and Texas.

Elaine Duke, acting secretary at the Homeland Security Department, said more than 90 percent of the island now has limited accessibly and 200 gas stations are open.

According to CNN, Rosselló said he had not previously asked POTUS to lift the Jones Act so that aid might flow more fully to the island: "I did not solicit that to him personally but it is something that would help Puerto Rico, certainly, at least in the short run".

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"As educators, it is our duty to ensure that all children of school age are given access to the safety, support, and stability that our school environments provide", she said in a statement.

Rihanna sent Mr Trump a video, shared by a person on Instagram who criticised the lack of media attention on the struggles in hospitals in Puerto Rico. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.

A barge with 100 defense trucks carrying diesel and gasoline was expected to arrive in San Juan by Monday.

He says President Donald Trump has waived a matching funds requirement, which means the cash-strapped island won't have to contribute to the initial costs of the federal assistance. The problem is this is not any storm.

It's never quick enough.

The Caribbean island, a U.S. territory, has been coping with shortages of food, drinking water, electricity and various forms of communication in recent weeks.

Trump told reporters on Wednesday that "we're thinking" about lifting the law, but added that a "lot of shippers" didn't want it lifted.

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