Published: Sun, October 01, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

San Juan Mayor Says 'No Time For Politics' After Trump's Taunts

San Juan Mayor Says 'No Time For Politics' After Trump's Taunts

What is the Jones Act? If not, the world will see how we are treated not as second-class citizens but as animals that can be disposed of.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Twitter Thursday morning Trump had authorized the law be waived for Puerto Rico, effective immediately, at the behest of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. The reason was "in the interest of the nation's defense", according to DHS spokesman David Lapan. "This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water".

Thursday morning, Trump waived federal restrictions on foreign shipments of cargo to the USA territory, which will allow aid to travel into Puerto Rico quickly.

Colonel James DeLapp, the Army Corps of Engineers commander for Puerto Rico, told CNN that rebuilding the island's crippled power grid was a massive undertaking. "It is not a good news story when people are dying".

He continued in his rant: 'They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.

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Hurricane Maria wiped out electricity on the entire island that houses 3.4 million people. "Will hopefully be able to stop at the U.S. Virgin Islands (people working hard)".

Workers from around Maryland, spared the effects of recent hurricanes, also are aiding residents of Florida and have completed five missions to that state and Texas following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. More Puerto Ricans have received water and rationed food as an aid bottleneck has begun to ease.

He also said the stockpiles of fuel have increased to 600,000 barrels of diesel and 722,000 barrels of gasoline. "And I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 30 miles long". CNN interviewed Dr. María Rodriguez at the Concilio de Salud Integral de Loíza in the northeast part of the island.

With thousands of cargo containers filled with necessary supplies that have arrived at a port in San Juan not yet distributed, Rossello told reporters Saturday that his government will purchase some of the crates to make sure they get to those in need across Puerto Rico.

"These are great people", he said. "All I have is time for people to move forward and get help". "Someone will say, 'Right this way, sir.' They'll clear a path".

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