Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.) said Friday President Trump should put the USA military in charge of handling and delivering aid to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, saying only the military can fix the logistical issues hampering aid on the island.
The U.S. territory of 3.4 million people struggled through a ninth day with virtually no electricity, patchy communications and shortages of fuel, clean water and other essentials in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to hit the island in almost 90 years.
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"When it comes to restoring logistics and the distribution of aid, the federal government is going to have to be in charge of that, primarily through the Department of Defense", he told the network. Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!
President Donald Trump again praised the government's performance, saying on Twitter FEMA and other first responders were "doing a GREAT job", but he complained about media coverage, adding: "Wish press would treat fairly!"
The situation in the U.S. Virgin Islands continues to improve, he said, noting that the governor is shifting from response to recovery. Richard Blumenthal on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.
Rubio, who visited the storm-ravaged island this week, cited the fact that aid is everywhere, sitting at ports, but that it can't be distributed because of the lack of power and communications and because roads are not passable.
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He also said the stockpiles of fuel have increased to 600,000 barrels of diesel and 722,000 barrels of gasoline. This is a "life or death" story. "This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen".
'This is not a good news story'
He continued in his rant: 'They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. Mr Trump is set to visit Puerto on Tuesday, but some Puerto Ricans think it is too little too late.
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Rubio, who clearly has the president's ear, is leading a growing chorus of politicians who have become dissatisfied with the Trump administration's response more than a week after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm. "As was said after Hurricane Andrew: 'Where the hell is the cavalry?'"
The mayor of San Juan called on Trump to ramp up the federal government's assistance to the island and called for an island-wide approach to the relief efforts.
"The supply chain, the logistical chain in Puerto Rico is broken, it's not just broken, it is shattered", Rubio said at a news conference Thursday. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump temporarily lifted a century-old law -- known as the Jones Act -- that requires cargo between US ports to be carried on American-flagged ships. While that measure might help speed cargo shipments, Puerto Rico is struggling to move supplies around the island once they arrive. Under the waiver, cargos from foreign ports can be delivered directly to Puerto Rico without passing through USA ports. Bill Nelson said in a prepared statement Thursday.
The immediate relief effort was still badly hampered by the damage to infrastructure.
The San Juan Airport and nine other airports are open. He has staunchly defended the Trump administration for its relief response, which Trump noted in one of his Thursday night Twitter posts. He said he believed the military was best positioned for such a challenge. Airports are closed except for military and relief operations.
"It's not because they don't want to do more, and it's not because the White House doesn't want to do more", Rubio said.
The island has also seen the gradual reopening of hundreds of gasoline stations during the past few days, while a number of supermarket chains were also returning to business, FEMA officials said.