State ready to provide help to Puerto Rico, Baker says

Acting Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke center is briefed on the Hurricane Maria response during a flight to Puerto Rico on Friday Sept. 29 2017. President Donald Trump on Thursday cleared the way for more supplies to head to Puerto Rico by waiving rest

Acting Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke center is briefed on the Hurricane Maria response during a flight to Puerto Rico on Friday Sept. 29 2017. President Donald Trump on Thursday cleared the way for more supplies to head to Puerto Rico by waiving rest

VOA's Celia Mendoza, who is in Puerto Rico, says all store transactions are in cash because shops do not have the electricity for card transactions.

The Jones Act requires that ships going from American coast to American coast be American - built, owned, flagged and crewed.

After days of urging, Trump on Thursday temporarily lifted restrictions on foreign shipping from the USA mainland to Puerto Rico to move aid more quickly and the Pentagon appointed a senior general to oversee military relief operations.

Gregory Moore, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, an office of Homeland Security, said in a statement on Tuesday that an agency assessment showed there was "sufficient capacity" of USA -flagged vessels to move commodities to Puerto Rico. The department said then that there were sufficient ships available to meet the need.

"Trump admin has finally waived #JonesAct for #PuertoRico", Sen.

As for Puerto Rico, President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that "we're thinking" about lifting the law, but added that a "lot of shippers" didn't want it lifted, CNN reports. "And we have a lot of ships out there right now".

The original denial of Puerto Rico's request to waive the Jones Act set it apart from Texas and Florida, which both got waivers after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit earlier this year to prevent widespread fuel shortages.

Critics also call the law a protectionist relic, and the Wall Street Journal editorialized this week that it should be permanently repealed.

After days of resistance, the Trump administration decided Thursday to temporarily exempt Puerto Rico from shipping restrictions that have been inflating the price of hurricane-relief supplies on the island.

President Donald Trump attacked Democrats, the news media, and the mayor of San Juan Saturday as Puerto Rico struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria.

Trump says in a tweet that some on the USA territory "want everything to be done for them".

The stepped-up response includes the deployment of the USNS Comfort, a hospital ship that has responded to other natural disasters. The National Guard has deployed more than 2,300 guardsmen to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well.

Now critics say it's making it hard to get critical supplies into Puerto Rico.

Facebook has dispatched a "connectivity team" to supply emergency telecommunications support to Puerto Rico, much of which has been rendered a communications black spot after Hurricane Maria battered the island last week. The Wisconsin Republican said he expects the Trump administration to send Congress a request for a long-term recovery package once damage assessments are conducted.

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