Donald Trump again Blocked Hurricane Aid to Puerto Rico
Trump administration today allowed its Jones Act waiver to expire when 88% of Puerto Rico still without electricity and nearly 45% without potable water. Trump’s negligence has reinstituted shipping restrictions which make it more complicated to get essential aid to the American citizens who are grappling to recover from the devastation of a category five hurricane.
After Hurricane Maria ravaged the island last month, Trump shocked observers by rejecting to waive the Jones Act until more than a week had gone by. The law needs cargo between U.S. ports only be transported by American-made and operated vessels. Strangely, Trump was quick to waive the law when the Hurricane pummeled Texas and Florida
Due to President’s initial refusal to waive the regulation, 3,000 cargo ships, packed with vital medicine, food, and water were made to idle off Puerto Rico’s coasts while American citizens suffered and, in some cases, died.
3,000 shipping containers packed with food water & medicene have been sitting at the port in Puerto Rico since Saturday pic.twitter.com/LJ0ETpmnOf
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) September 27, 2017
Ignorant Trump gave a ridiculous response to justify the delay. He said that U.S. shipping magnates wanted to make money off the tragedy.
“We’re thinking about [waiving the Jones Act],” Trump said, “but we have a lot of shippers and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that doesn’t want the Jones Act lifted.”
After days of suffering and angry calls pouring into Congressional offices, Trump, at last, gave a ten-day waiver allowing aid to pour in.
Now, however, those ten days have passed and Trump, who is spending his 70th day as president golfing, has allowed the Jones Act to go back into effect. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that the waiver will not be reinstated.