Trump Admin Waives Jones Act to Allow Foreign Aid to Puerto Rico

Trump Admin Waives Jones Act to Allow Foreign Aid to Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda slammed Donald Trump in a series of tweets Saturday morning after the president attacked the mayor of San Juan in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. "We are dying", Cruz said she was hopeful the situation would improve.

Following requests from Puerto Rico's governor, Trump on Thursday authorized that shipping restrictions, via the Jones Act, be waived immediately for the island over the next 10 days.

The president said Puerto Rico has massive debt, which also makes relief efforts hard.

"Damn it, this is not a good news story".

He then retweeted videos from the military and other emergency responders working in Puerto Rico.

Trump, who is at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend, is scheduled to speak with FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and other Puerto Rican officials Saturday.

Another video sent from Rihanna, who was born and raised in Barbados, to the president saw San Juan's mayor crying over the "humanitarian crisis" in the country. "Big water, ocean water", he said of Puerto Rico, for viewers not in the know.

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Its officials have accused Washington of not moving fast enough to help them, as the island tries to recover from the damage, including the loss of most of the electrical, gas and water grid.

"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy", Cruz said on Friday during a news conference.

"We are grateful that our cries for justice were heard and that the president did the right thing and stood on the right side of history", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said on CNN after the waiver was announced.

Miranda tweeted in response, "You're going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. Well, I'm sorry I don't have time for that".

The US government declared its relief efforts in Puerto Rico were succeeding but people on the hurricane-devastated island said help was scarce and many residents were desperate for fresh water, food and electricity. When you don't have food for a baby, it's not a good news story'. "This is a life-or-death story".

Many in the territory remain desperate for necessities, most urgently water, long after Hurricane Maria tore a ruinous path through the island September 20.

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