Trump waives Jones Act to aid Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Trump waives Jones Act to aid Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Trump waives Jones Act to aid Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Her words drew sharp rebuke from San Juan's Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz.

In his tweets Saturday, Trump praised the military and first responders for "an awesome job".

In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Trump suggested the mayor had been told "to be nasty to Trump" by his Democratic opposition.

United States president Donald Trump blamed Puerto Ricans on Saturday for the slow pace of relief from the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Maria, saying his government, which has come under fire for its response, was doing an "amazing job".

"They want everything to be done for them", Trump said.

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort. will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island", Trump said. "Fastest golf cart you ever took", Miranda fired back at Trump.

"I have not seen any federal help around here", said Javier San Miguel, a 51-year-old accountant.

The contrast between Trump's optimistic take and her cries for help, plus heart-rending coverage from Puerto Rico generally, contributed to a spreading perception of a president out of touch.

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But in many cases, "on site" meant stored on pallets and in containers in sea - and at airports far from the towns where Puerto Ricans desperately lined up for fresh water and pre-made meals being distributed by federal officials.

The President added, "I will be going to Puerto Rico on Tuesday with Melania".

The 500 National Guard troops will help with logistics to get food, water, and other supplies from the island's port distributed to the people, Christie said.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday morning about Governor Ricardo Rossello's praise for the administration's response and thanked FEMA workers as well.

The U.S. Navy dispatched the hospital ship the USNS Comfort to Puerto Rico Friday as government and private groups tried to step up relief efforts on the storm-ravaged island, hit both by Hurricane Maria and earlier Hurricane Irma. Of the latter, he noted in that USA territory "people working hard".

The law was put in place in 1920 and makes it twice as expensive to ship things from the USA mainland to Puerto Rico as it is to ship from any other port in the world. "This is a people are dying story".

Shaking her head, Cruz replied "well, maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story".

Miranda responded in another tweet: "She has been working 24/7".

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