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Jose A. Rivera right and his brother Jose Ramon Rivera look over their destroyed plantain crops in Yabucoa Puerto Rico on Sunday. For as far as they could see every one of the 14,000 trees was down. “There is no more agriculture in Puerto Rico,” 'Apocalyptic' devastation in Puerto Rico; Island faces humanitarian crisis Governor says
Lori Graves | 29 September, 2017, 00:41

"The people of Puerto Rico should not have any fear that there is not going to be food or medicine on the island", Crowley Maritime Vice President of Puerto Rico Services Jose Ayala told the WSJ.

The 29-year-old singer tweeted an image of Wednesday's New York Daily News cover, featuring the headline "American Tragedy" and reading "No food, no water, no power, no medical care for the dying..." Kim, or someone else in the military, should have the highest decision-making power on the island for a temporary period of time. That order included Puerto Rico, but expired last week shortly after Hurricane Maria struck. He also said Trump's short-term waiver of the Jones Act was not enough.

He joined the growing list of officials who argued that lifting the the Jones Act - a federal law created to protect the financial interests of United States shipbuilders by limiting shipping by foreign vessels - would help expedite supplies to the ravaged island.

Shortly before meeting Trump Thursday, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke issued a statement saying, "This waiver will ensure that over the next ten days, all options are available to move and distribute goods to the people of Puerto Rico".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that Trump, at the request of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello, "has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It is proceeding very well", she said.

But it has made the price of goods in Puerto Rico more expensive than those on the U.S. mainland or other Caribbean islands.

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And it gives his opponents another data point to use when they accuse Trump of being more empathetic to the plights of people who look like him.

Bossert said later Thursday that the "business model" for recover efforts had changed and that FEMA is working directly with the localities as well as state government.

He says President Donald Trump has waived a matching funds requirement, which means the cash-strapped island won't have to contribute to the initial costs of the federal assistance.

A barge with 100 defense trucks carrying diesel and gasoline was expected to arrive in San Juan by Monday. But he cautioned that the administration is operating with a playbook that works on the mainland rather than employing a unique response to a unique disaster. "I think they have responded to the way you'd respond to any storm. This has unique components to it that makes it different from Irma that hit Florida.or Harvey that hit Texas".

Shipping company Crowley said it had 3,000 containers there, filled with clothes, food, medicine, water, construction materials and even cars. Cargo ships are stuck in port waiting to be offloaded, but supplies have nowhere to go, The Wall Street Journal reported.

McClatchy reporter Joseph Cooke contributed.

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