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Donald Trump waives restrictions on aid to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

03 Octobre 2017

"If we don't get the food and water into people's hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide", Cruz said Friday.

The storm, which also hit St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, killed more than 30 people across the Caribbean, including at least 15 in Puerto Rico.

President Trump tried to defend his botched response to the disaster in Puerto Rico by explaining to America what an island is.

On Friday, Carmen Yulin Cruz criticized Trump's administration and begged for more help, a plea that received widespread television coverage in the mainland United States.

That was quickly noted by Democrats, who criticized the tenor of Mr. Trump's Saturday morning jabs. "They'll clear a path", Miranda wrote. "It's about food and water and fuel for Americans in need".

She added: "Maybe he is used to women who have to be told what to do". "And if that has a political cost, I will take it, as long as it saves lives".

Trump dumped the law for the next 10 days after Puerto Rico's governor requested it, and after Defense Secretary James Mattis certified the waiver "is in the interests of national defense", acting Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke said on September 28.

Long said the storms that struck Puerto Rico - Irma and Maria - greatly magnified the challenge for relief workers by damaging or wiping out some 3,200 roads or bridges.

The volleyball team will also be hosting a "Puerto Rico Day" during its October 1 game in Wiley-Wilcox Gym.

Cruz says that "if he asks to meet with me, of course I would meet with him". It is unclear if he was praising first responders again or others in the US territory. For many residents of the poverty-stricken island who have lost their homes, possessions, and jobs, it could take years to repay debt incurred so they didn't starve to death in the crisis.

Trump touted the federal government's response on the island, saying the workers there are doing "a fantastic job".

On top of all the problems Puerto Rico is experiencing because of Maria, it's bracing for more bad weather this weekend.

"It's bad. It's just one of many hundreds and hundreds of stories", Santiago said. "But, you know, that is not who we are here in San Juan".

The president of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority, Elí Díaz Atienza, gave a breakdown of the water service restoration effort to San Juan radio station WIPR, saying water is running to about 55% of the city.

Rossello said the highest priority now is to restore the island's communications and power grid. The issue has been getting truck drivers to transport supplies in Puerto Rico.

President Donald Trump plans to make his first visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday after critics - both Democrats and Republicans - accused his administration of a lackluster response to the catastrophic damage left by Maria.

The insurance industry has begun to tally the damage from Maria, with one modeling company estimating that claims could reach $85 billion.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have also advocated for the repeal of the Jones Act since before the hurricane overwhelmed the island.

Many people are waiting in lines for hours to access ATMs with no guarantee they'll be able to withdraw cash.

Donald Trump waives restrictions on aid to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico