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Trump Acts to Send Supplies to Puerto Rico After Being Ravaged by Hurricane

On Thursday, President Trump agreed to wipe away shipping restrictions so that more relief supplies can reach hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico, which is struggling to recover from the large destruction caused by Hurricane Maria.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that Trump waived the Jones Act, which mandates the goods shipped between U.S. ports be carried by ships that are owned and operated by Americans, according to Reuters.

“At @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately,” she tweeted.

“Our cries for justice were heard,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said in response. “The president did the right thing, and stood on the right side of history.”

“Sometimes it doesn’t matter why things happen and who makes things happen, when justice prevails,” Cruz added.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Wednesday he expected the waiver would be given.

“That is critical, particularly for fuel,” he said. “One of the considerations right now is the priority of getting fuel, diesel, gasoline, all across the island. Right now we have enough fuel. We’re limited by the transportation logistics, but at some point of course, getting fuel into the island is going to be critical so that we can have the major functions of telecoms, hospitals, water, to be running appropriately.”

Rossello said the island’s communications infrastructure has been destroyed along with its power grid, leaving him to rely on “runners” to learn what is happening as he tries to distribute satellite phones to mayors across the island.

“There’s no municipal government right now,” said Rafael Surillo, the mayor of Yabucoa. “About 95 percent of our municipal facilities were destroyed. There is nothing left.”

Rossello said federal and local first responders worked together as “one team.” He also said he spoke to Trump late Wednesday, and that the White House and Congress have been “responsive” to his needs.

Trump will tour the island Tuesday.

Federal officials noted that sending help to Puerto Rico required more effort that helping Texas, Louisiana and Florida after hurricanes hit there.

“The difference between Puerto Rico and the mainland is the logistical challenges,” said FEMA spokesman William Booher. “Unlike Texas and Florida, with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, you can’t just move in with a convoy of trucks and supplies. Everything has to be brought in by air and sea.”

He said 10,000 federal workers are helping recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.