Trump increases aid for hurricane-hit Puerto Rico ahead of visit

Michele Moreno
September 29, 2017

People line up with gas cans to get fuel from a gas station, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. On Wednesday, though, Trump said the shipping industry was against a Jones Act waiver.

The Navy's hospital ship, the USNS Comfort will be heading to Puerto Rico.

The Jones Act requires that all goods shipped between US ports be carried by American owned-and-operated ships.

The Trump administration had said a waiver was not needed for Puerto Rico because there were enough US -flagged ships available to ferry goods to the island.

Ayala said the company can't get enough truck drivers or trucks filled up with diesel to pick up supplies for distribution across the island. "We right now have our top people from FEMA, and they have been there".

Rather, the DHS is presently reviewing a waiver request submitted by eight members of Congress, led by Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y.

Trump said the "very big ocean" between the island and the USA mainland made it harder to send supplies.

Rosselló and other Puerto Rican officials have since applauded the response of the Trump administration.

But a shortage of truckers and the island's devastated infrastructure are making it tough to move aid to where it's needed most. "Every day that goes by in some of these areas that do not have electricity or communications, the situation grows graver".

4 In Your Corner reached out to American Airlines to see what fliers like the Riveras can do to get reimbursed for all the extra nights they had to spend in a hotel.

About 97 percent of the island's 3.4 million residents are still in the dark Wednesday, one week after Hurricane Maria slammed into the Puerto Rico, Rosselló said.

"Make no mistake. This is a humanitarian disaster involving 3.4 million USA citizens", said Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello.

Maribel Valentin Espino at home five days after Hurricane Maria caused vast damage in Puerto Rico. Rossello said he has deployed "runners" to report back on the needs of the various towns and cities.

The argument seems to be that if the Jones Act were waived here, the price of some goods might come down.

It kinda makes you think we should have just elected Hillary Clinton in the first place.

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