Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory more than a week ago
Juana Matos resident Hector Rosa walks through a flooded area after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 27, 2017. photo: AP/Carlos Giusti, photo: AP/Carlos Giusti
28 of September 2017 12:02:18
WASHINGTON – Under pressure to do more for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump on Thursday waived federal restrictions on foreign ships' transportation of cargo to the island. He tweeted that relief supplies are getting through.
"The electric power grid in Puerto Rico is totally shot. Large numbers of generators are now on Island. Food and water on site," he wrote.Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory more than a week ago, leaving it without power and its roughly 3.4 million residents short on fuel and other supplies. Trump came under withering fire earlier this week for what some critics said was his slow response to an escalating humanitarian crisis.Republicans and Democrats had urged Trump to waive a little-known federal law called the Jones Act that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between U.S. ports.Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was responding to a request from Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, and that the waiver would go into effect immediately.Rossello responded on Twitter to Trump's action: "Thank you @POTUS."
Trump has a problem with Puerto Rico’s ‘massive debt’ – but $33 million of it came from his failed golf course there pic.twitter.com/Bwb3eW2At1— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 28, 2017