The US government declared its relief efforts in Puerto Rico were succeeding but people on the hurricane-devastated island said help was scarce and many residents were desperate for fresh water, food and electricity.
Russel Honore, highly lauded for commanding the military response after another big storm, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said the military deployments to Puerto Rico should have begun at least four days earlier. "The relief effort is under control", she said.
"It's very grateful American citizens down there in Puerto Rico".
The Jones Act was originally created to promote the U.S. ship-building industry after World War I. These days, it has the unintended effect of reducing to a handful the number of shipping companies that can transport products to Puerto Rico.
"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort ... will be funded", he said. "I'm sorry but that really upsets me and frustrates me", said Cruz.
Perhaps in response to Cruz' impatient retort, Secretary Duke followed a tour of the island with a news conference Friday and said, "Despite working together, I know that the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are suffering". Riverside K-9 rescue team welcomed back after Puerto Rico missionThey're on a six-day mission as part of a group called ROW, which stands for Reach Out Worldwide.
On Wednesday, Trump suggested again that he would not waive the restriction. CharityNavigator.org and the Better Business Bureau's Give.org have lists of charities that meet their standards and focus on Hurricane Maria relief. On Friday, he wrote on twitter that "b$3 ig decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!"
Much of the capital San Juan is a landscape of ruin: buildings with all their windows shattered, traffic lights down, and trees that survived now without a single leaf. "As planes start to be able to leave the island, people will be going here because their kids' school's gone, their job may be lost, their home is gone, and they'll be coming here to basically stay with friends and family they have in the area". "Much needed cargo has been delivered to the port, and an armada of US and foreign vessels continues to arrive".
At the top of a speech devoted to tax policy, Trump ticked off a series of issues he said are making the recovery more hard, including that Puerto Rico is an island, that its infrastructure was already in "very, very poor shape" and that the USA territory is saddled with "tremendous" debt.