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FEMA chief warns of fragmented response if mayors don't participate

FEMA chief warns of fragmented response if mayors don't participate

He noted the shipping industry opposes a waiver.

Trump, who plans to visit the island Tuesday, said Wednesday that he was studying the matter, but that the USA shipping industry was opposed to waiving the law.

Trump previously said he was looking into lifting the Jones Act, which the government did after Hurricane Irma wiped through Florida.

The Department of Homeland Security had said as recently as Monday that the law would not be suspended.

Meanwhile, containers full of aid supplies are sitting in the port of San Juan, unable to be delivered.

Government officials are also being criticized by Puerto Rican authorities after acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke declared that the federal response to the damage on the island is a "good news story".

"Puerto Rico has been devastated by Hurricane Maria", Jose Carrion, the board's chairman, said in a statement.

UPDATE | President Donald Trump's administration will not require impoverished Puerto Rican hurricane victims to pay full price for evacuation flights - contradicting earlier reports that it would maintain the pricey flight policy for the us territory.

That's tied up getting critical supplies such as food, fuel and water to Puerto Rico, which has largely remained without power since Hurricane Maria made landfall last week.

That's what happens when it comes to gasoline and other fuels, said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for Oil Price Information Service.

"No food, no water, no medical care for the dying...Puerto Rico needs more help, Mr. President!" the newspaper's splash read, above the headline,"American Tragedy". Basically, it bans foreign-flagged ships from shipping goods between American ports.

But many people remain desperate for necessities, most urgently water, and nearly all of the island's 3.4 million residents - who are United States citizens - are without without power, with even hospitals are relying on generators. Cars, for example, cost about 40% more in Puerto Rico than on USA mainland, partly because of the law.

And you know who's been one of the biggest people putting that pressure on Trump and bringing attention to the plight of Puerto Ricans?

That's because the Jones Act shields them from competition from foreign shippers so they can make more money.


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