Published: Sun, October 01, 2017
Medical | By Rita Mcdonald

President Trump bashes mayor of San Juan for 'poor leadership ability'

President Trump bashes mayor of San Juan for 'poor leadership ability'

However, outside San Juan, people said the comments from United States officialdom were far from the truth.

"It's time for Congress to take action, end this injustice and help our fellow citizens in this time of need", he said.

President Donald Trump on Friday continued to praise his administration for doing "an incredible job" responding to Puerto Rico's devastation, though millions remain without power and clean water nine days after Hurricane Maria.

The Jones Act, formally the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is an obscure federal law that prohibits foreign ships from shuttling goods between US ports, specifically the USA mainland and outlying states or territories.

While nasty is a common word in other contexts, coming from Trump's mouth, it's hard not to reflect back to when he popularized its use during last year's final presidential debate.

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"The federal response has been a disaster", said lawmaker Jose Enrique Melendez, a member of Gov. Ricardo Rossello's New Progressive Party. "It's been really slow".

Trump will visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday with the First Lady.

"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us" on the massive rebuilding effort and how it will be funded and what to do about the "tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island".

He also called out the media saying "Wish press would treat fairly!"

FEMA Administrator Brock Long said on MSNBC Friday that progress is being made.

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As a result, the costliness of adhering to the Jones Act inflates prices paid by Puerto Ricans and impacts the cost of living on the island as a whole.

Vital aid sits in 9,500 storage containers in San Juan because the island has a shortage of truck drivers to deliver it.

A new face took over control of the hurricane relief Thursday. "It is meant to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities to support lifesaving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of these devastating storms", said Acting Secretary Duke.

Tom Bossert, the White House homeland security advisor, said the change in leadership isn't due to the current administration making any mistakes. "If it was another President, like Obama, or the Bushes, they would have gotten a response much quicker".

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