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Trump to visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday

Trump to visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday

"In Texas, we can ship the trucks right out there".

The Trump administration has said a waiver is not needed this time, because there are enough USA flagged ships available to ferry goods to Puerto Rico.

VELAZQUEZ: Total devastation. This is a Puerto Rico that I didn't recognize - the flooding, the streets, houses under water, people begging for water, no food, isolated areas very hard to reach. Multiple studies have shown that the act has cost Puerto Rico's economy billions of dollars.

"I'm no Trump fan, but at this point I don't have anything negative to say about what we've seen so far", said Soto-Class, whose think tank plans to lobby Congress so Puerto Rico gets the maximum funds available to rebuild after Maria. Republican Sen. John McCain has also called for the act to be scrapped.

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 US -flagged vessels to move commodities to Puerto Rico. "So the next step is the administration sending another request to Congress", the aide said.

On Wednesday morning, while speaking with CNN, Governor Roselló said he still expected the Jones Act restrictions to be lifted. "And that is critical". That's why a woman identified only as Jessica P. began a Change.org petition asking DHS to waive the Jones Act. The relief effort for the military was "both professional and personal", Dunford said in a reference to service members who have families in Puerto Rico.

"It's quite clear that for the White House, a public relations issue in the National Football League takes far more precedence than a disaster in Puerto Rico", he said. Gregory Moore, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, an office of Homeland Security, said in a statement that an assessment by the agency showed there was "sufficient capacity" of US -flagged vessels to move commodities to Puerto Rico.

"The limitation is going to be port capacity to offload and transit, not vessel availability", he said.

"We're looking for bottled water, non-perishable can goods, baby formula, diapers, toilet paper, and batteries", said Center spokesman Ron Mauch.

The administration's rationale for a waiver after Harvey and Irma hit Texas, Louisiana and Florida was to ease movement of fuel to places along the U.S. East Coast and make up for temporary outages of high-capacity pipelines.

An unincorporated USA territory, Puerto Rico's residents are US citizens but are not permitted to vote in federal elections, nor do they pay federal taxes. I know many Puerto Ricans. They claimed they hadn't received any from senators despite McCain's letter.

"Now, more than ever, it is time to realize the devastating effect of this policy and implement a full repeal of this archaic and burdensome Act", he wrote.

McCain, a longtime critic of the rule, urged the government to reconsider - and to take the opportunity to scrap the Jones Act for good.

Officials say they are facing numerous logistical challenges, including damage to airports and ports. Waivers instead must be based on whether enough USA ships are available to accommodate shipping needs.

Three American territories are exempt from the Jones Act, including the United States Virgin Islands.