Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Trump defends tossing paper towels to hurricane survivors

Trump defends tossing paper towels to hurricane survivors

Nearly three weeks later, almost the entire island is still left without power, and the locals are left to fend for themselves.

After the Category 5 hurricane made a direct hit on Puerto Rico and ravaged the island for over 30 hours, USA aid has been slow in developing. He sent a letter to USA airlines serving Puerto Rico requesting they take additional steps to ensure victims of Hurricane Maria are not stuck on the island due to unreasonable fees or exorbitant ticket prices to the mainland United States.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello joined the conversation, tweeting to Musk: "Let's talk". The current focus should remain on restoration and relief for Puerto Rico.

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She praised Americans for wanting to help, however, as supplies are being sent continuously but the government response has not been as rapid as it was for Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida, according to Ms Yulin Cruz. In response to concerns Kaine expressed during the visit about the relatively small size of the aid package the Trump Administration has proposed for Puerto Rico, compared to previous relief packages following Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, DHS officials in Puerto Rico assured Kaine that the recently announced aid request is just designed as an initial step until the island's long-term rebuilding needs can be assessed.

"If we are indeed getting. several hundred thousand liters of water and several hundred thousand portions of food to the municipalities, yet some people in those municipalities are claiming that they're not seeing anything be delivered or they don't know where to find food, then it's important that we investigate why this is happening", he said. In the aftermath, Trump was accused of paying more attention to political protests taking place in the National Football League than he has to the more than 3 million Americans grappling with Hurricane Maria's effects. While gasoline and other supplies had reached the island, the lack of roads and bridges would not allow aid workers to bring them to those parts of the island most in need, Menendez said.

Blumenthal took the trip with four other senators. "We need to make sure that it is spent the right way, we have to prioritize the spending in ways that will address the issues of most need". Cory Booker, Menendez called on President Trump to use the authority given to him under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to more quickly respond to the disaster unfolding in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. States, on average, typically have 57 percent of Medicaid costs covered by the federal government, according to the report.

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51 Number of Puerto Rico's hospitals that are relying on generator power, compared to 14 hospitals with functioning electricity. The store serves as a collection site for items to help Puerto Ricans.

The island's infrastructure is the main culprit behind the lagging aid, not the US government.

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