Trump administration rushes military assets to Puerto Rico amid growing crisis

Trump administration rushes military assets to Puerto Rico amid growing crisis

Trump administration rushes military assets to Puerto Rico amid growing crisis

Trump has faced criticism for the White House's response to the damage in Puerto Rico, which was devastated after a direct hit by the Category 4 hurricane's torrential rain and 150 miles per hour wind on September 20. "It will go into effect immediately", she said. "It's very hard for them", Lopez says.

"The island of Puerto Rico has no electricity- therefore, the ATMs are not working, credit card machines are not taking any (cards)", Solivan said.

The president is responding by citing what he calls "such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help". Cruz, whose home has been damaged in the storm, is living in a shelter with her family.

The Jones Act is problematic for Puerto Rico at this time, because even the most basic of shipments from the U.S.to Puerto Rico - and vice versa - are required to be done through expensive protected ships, instead of being opened up to a global market.

The Jones Act, originally signed in 1920, requires goods shipped from one US port to another USA port must be done on an American-built, owned and operated ship.

The White House previously lifted the act for southern states crippled by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, allowing foreign ships to bring supplies to Texas and Florida. As of Wednesday, six of 15 ports on the island remained closed.

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However, as Trump tweeted, the president has received sharp criticism in the press and from the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico's largest city.

As though criticizing Mayor Cruz wasn't crass enough, Trump invoked the racist trope of lazy minorities hungry for government handouts just for good measure.

Others openly wondered how a USA military that is worth hundreds of billions can't get its act together for the people of Puerto Rico. For days after the storm, Trump and his top aides were largely silent as residents on the island struggled for food and water amid widespread power outages.

Cruz was referring to a remark by acting US Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, head of the parent department for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who said on Thursday she was satisfied with the disaster response so far.

Trump lashed out in a series of morning tweets, while also suggesting that Puerto Ricans "want everything to be done for them" and had left the bulk of relief work to federal first responders and the military.

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