Pentagon sends one-star general to lead Puerto Rico recovery

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,”

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,”

Downed power lines and debris are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter Thursday that Trump has authorized a waiver for the US territory for a little-known federal law that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between USA ports.

About 97 percent of the island's 3.4 million residents are still in the dark Wednesday, one week after Hurricane Maria slammed into the Puerto Rico, Rosselló said.

DHS officials, who declined to speak on the record, said that the Jones Act is waived "in the interest of national defense" and that the Department of Defense usually makes the recommendation based on requests from USA shipping interests.

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Following pleas by island officials for medical aid, the Comfort was preparing to leave port in Baltimore but will probably take several days to deploy to as it takes on crew and supplies, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long and the Navy.

US President Donald Trump has lifted shipping restrictions to help fuel and supplies reach storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, the White House has said.

"Right now we are in emergency mode".

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in a tweet, noted that the administration "has finally waived" the Jones Act. Instead, Mr. Trump will visit both Puerto Rico and the USVI during his trip next week.

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About half the residents do not have running water and authorities were working to get food, fuel and water "everywhere on the island", CNN quoted Rosello as saying on Wednesday.

Since the natural disaster, celebrities have been using their influence and finances to help in any way they can.

The Jones Act was signed in 1920 to prop up the US shipbuilding industry. "And this being my second home, it's like, I'll be damned if I stay here and just sit when I know that we could do so many things", Montalvo says.

Tech companies - and the nation - have been slow to mobilize in response to the devastation wrought by last week's catastrophic Hurricane Maria that decimated Puerto Rico, but today Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg detailed the company's response. The review process will also include evaluating whether there's a lack of availability of US -flagged vessels.

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