Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Trump waives U.S. shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico: spokeswoman

Trump waives cargo restrictions to speed help to Puerto Rico Trump waives U.S. shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico: spokeswoman
Lucas Bell | 29 September, 2017, 00:38

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.

Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., agrees the Defense Department should lead the Puerto Rico relief efforts.

Scott's trip comes amid growing pleas for help by Puerto Rico, which is largely without power and lacking basic services one week after Hurricane Maria struck the island.

A week on from the disaster, at least 97 per cent of the island is believed to still be without power and around half of residents do not have running water.

Scott spoke by phone on Wednesday with both Rosselló and Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jennifer González-Colón, as well as directors at Port Everglades, PortMiami and Port Canaveral.

Trump on Wednesday acknowledged his administration is considering lifting the Jones Act to speed up aid to the island.

McCain sent a letter to the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, on Tuesday arguing the Jones Act should be suspended for good.

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Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, had sought a waiver of the Jones Act, which limits shipping between USA ports to US owned-and-operated vessels, to ensure there was no impediment to bringing in supplies.

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.

"Even as Florida works to fully recover from Hurricane Irma, our state still has the capability to support our neighbors and friends in their time of need", he said in a statement.

Waiving restrictions on foreign vessels that carry cargo to Puerto Rico "could overwhelm the system, creating unnecessary backlogs and causing confusion on the distribution of critical supplies throughout the island,"' said Thomas Allegretti, the group's chairman.

"I think they care, I think they want to respond", Rubio said. "This has unique components to it that makes it different from Irma that hit Florida.or Harvey that hit Texas". "We have no idea of the full magnitude.Nothing good happens after eight days in the tropics without food or water".

Rubio said things are happening, but not quickly enough, and another agency with greater capacity with logistical and communication capabilities should be put in charge.

But shipping companiesalready have aid and supplies either waiting at the port to be delivered - or held up at ports on the United States mainland.

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