Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

by Abel Hampton September 29, 2017, 0:25
Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

The administration was telling lawmakers that only "life supporting trips" could be made to the US territories using official government resources, said a spokesperson for Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., who had been scheduled to join a delegation to the region after hurricanes Irma and Maria left large parts of the islands without power, running water, gasoline or cellphone service. Puerto Rico is 1,000 miles from Miami, while countries like the Dominican Republic and Jamaica are closer. He's also noting Puerto Rico owes "billions of dollars" to "Wall Street and the banks" which, he says, "sadly, must be dealt with".

The Jones Act restricts shipping between American ports to American ships with American crews and owners. The Trump administration said that the first priorities are saving lives and providing core necessities such as food, water, and shelter. We don't know. How do you measure "enough" when responding to a disaster? John McCain to waive the act, said it is not "legally allowed to waive the Jones Act to make goods cheaper".

Getting the power back on is a critical need for an island with tropical heat.

"Two friends gifted them two gallons of drinking water and that's all they have between them", Dunn said. "Every day that goes by in some of these areas that do not have electricity or communications, the situation grows graver".

Under pressure to do more for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump is waiving federal restrictions on foreign ships' transportation of cargo to the island. "The real challenges happen on the island itself".

Utahns are stepping in to help the people of Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria by launching a donation drive.

Before Maria struck last week, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands were also hit by Hurricane Irma - which killed at least 112 people, 72 of whom were in Florida, according to an updated death toll released Tuesday. Even in good times, which Puerto Rico has not seen for a while, the Jones Act hurts the island territory.

'My fear is we're going to have some side effects that are devastating both for Puerto Rico and the United States.


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