'Big decisions' needed on rebuilding Puerto Rico, Donald Trump says

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"There's still a shortfall there though and that is drivers for all those trucks so we're pushing personnel in to augment state and local authorities to continue to push those commodities", said Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert. The White House authorized the waiver, revealing it in a tweet, naturally. She also said the death toll had been low for a storm the size of Hurricane Maria.

"I really hope things are worse today than they are going to be tomorrow", Rafael Álvarez, vice-president of Méndez & Co, a food distribution company based in San Juan, told The Guardian. When you're drinking from a creek, it's not a good news story.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to encourage other cruise liners and others in a position to help to. emulate what Royal and others are doing right now", he said. "We've never seen a situation like this". "That is why we are here".

The Virgin Islands' 103,000 residents had been receiving vital help and shipments from Puerto Rico - until Hurricane Maria ravaged that territory.

Puerto Rico suffered a glancing blow from Hurricane Irma a week before Maria slammed into the United States commonwealth last Wednesday as a monstrous Category 4 storm that claimed at least 16 lives and knocked out power, water and communications. "We are literally starting from scratch".

"This is an island, surrounded by water".

"There is no electricity", Trump told the manufacturers' association Friday, before moving on to promoting his tax plan. The industry has about 90,000 jobs there, and accounts for about 75% of the goods shipped off the island.

Izquierdo called on other travel companies to step up. When you don't have food for a baby, it's not a good news story. "We seem to be losing a lot of time in jurisdictional trifles", San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said in an interview Wednesday.

Because of its distance from the mainland and the loss of the power grid Puerto Rico "is a bigger and tougher mission than Katrina", he said.

"Don't let your people die like this", the pop star tweeted early Thursday morning, along with a cover of the New York Daily News that reads, "Puerto Rico needs more help, Mr. President!"

Duke made the comments about a "good news story" the day President Donald Trump said he wished the press would treat the government's response to Puerto Rico 'fairly'.

Critics of the Jones Act say the lack of competition with foreign shippers makes any shipment from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico 30 percent more expensive than it would be from a foreign port. "Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding", the President said on Twitter.

The cruise line canceled its September 30 Adventure of the Seas trip to use the ship to deliver supplies and help evacuate people from the island, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria. Data shows that networks may increase coverage on the island, especially ahead of Trump's planned visit next week.

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