Trump Attacks Media, Democrats And Mayor During Hurricane Relief Effort

US waives Jones Act shipping law to help Puerto Rico aid efforts

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who urged Trump to waive the law, said shipping costs to Puerto Rico are approximately twice as much as other nearby islands that allow foreign ships to dock.

The 1920 law requires goods shipped between USA ports to be carried on American-built vessels that are flagged to the United States and owned and operated by US crews.

"FYI, @realDonaldTrump, Puerto Rico is part of U.S. Territory and should be given the help they need by our government", actress Alyssa Milano tweeted.

Members of the board in charge of resolving Puerto Rico's debt crisis met this week with Trump administration officials and members of the U.S. Congress to ask for more financial assistance for the hurricane-struck island, the panel said on Saturday.

President Trump has also been criticized for comments he made on the situation on Tuesday (26Sep17) when he said, "This (Puerto Rico) is an island sitting in the middle of an ocean".

The waiver will guarantee the needed equipment to fix infrastructure damaged by the storm and restore emergency services, Duke said in a news release. The decision follows yesterday's request from the governor of Puerto Rico and the Secretary of Defense's determination that a waiver is in the interest of national defense.




Trump, who plans to visit the island Tuesday, said Wednesday that he was studying the matter, but that the USA shipping industry was opposed to waiving the law.

Meanwhile, containers full of aid supplies are sitting in the port of San Juan, unable to be delivered.

Trump and his advisers, meanwhile, defended the administration's response to the devastation on the island, which was hit by Hurricane Maria Sept. 20 with many people left desperate for power, food and other supplies. As of Wednesday, six of 15 ports on the island remained closed.

The Jones Act - also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 - is a maritime shipping regulation enacted by the United States.

Miranda went on to commend Cruz for her work in Puerto Rico.

After the storm hit, eight US representatives asked acting head of Homeland Security Elaine Duke to waive the Jones Act to help hurricane relief just as the country did for Texas and Florida.

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