Trump slams Puerto Rico: "They want everything to be done for them"

10/01/2017 03:00 |

Trump slams Puerto Rico: "They want everything to be done for them"

"Don't take my word for it, take a three-star general's word for it". After much pressure, the White House also announced a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, lifting the shipping restrictions into USA ports, and thus allowing food and supplies to be brought into Puerto Rico.

He also suggested that Cruz had been told to criticize the president by "the Democrats" after earlier praising the relief efforts. On Friday, she pleaded with the federal government to send more resources to Puerto Rico. I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us, to save us from dying'.

According to Reuters, the White House felt there was no need to lift the Act "because it would do nothing to address the island's main impediment to shipping, damaged ports".

That prompted a sharp retort from San Juan's mayor in a CNN interview. I'm not surprised by the show she is putting on'. "Totally unable to", Trump said, explaining the island's police and truck drivers are "substantially gone" on the island as they focus on their families or are unable to travel to work.

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump was responding to a request from Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello, and that the waiver would go into effect immediately.

"The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an fantastic job", he wrote.

Two New Jersey National Guard armories will warehouse donations of supplies for Puerto Rico that are being collected through a partnership of government and community organizations. It had followed another devastating storm, hurricane Irma.

But the president also lashed out at "fake news" television networks, which he accused of criticizing federal relief workers as a way to punish him politically. Not fair to FR or effort!'

'Damn it, this is not a good-news story, ' Cruz told CNN.

Ms Yulin Cruz invited the Homeland Security Secretary to visit Puerto Rico before making a positive comment and characterised Ms Duke's comment as "an irresponsible statement and a contrast with statements of support that I have been getting". "Administration officials would not say whether the president spoke with any other top officials involved in the storm response while in Bedminster, N.J".

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