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    Trump denies act to expedite supplies to Puerto Rico after not mentioning PR for days

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-...ria-aftermath/

    In a series of tweets Monday night, President Trump said the U.S. territory's old electrical grid was "devastated." He also appeared critical of the island's financial problems, tweeting they owed "billions of dollars to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with."
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administ...to-rico-relief

    The Trump administration on Tuesday denied a request from several members of Congress to waive shipping restrictions to help get gasoline and other supplies to Puerto Rico as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declined the request to waive the Jones Act, which limits shipping between coasts to U.S.-flagged vessels, according to Reuters. DHS waived the act following hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which hit the mainland U.S.

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    This is so disgraceful. They have lifted these restrictions for others in past few months, why not Puerto Rico? I can't help but wonder if there are going to be any more ways in which I can despise this man.

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    https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-maria...paign=disaster
    Hurricane Maria


    This is the main page for up-to-date resources and information on the federal response to Hurricane Maria.

    All figures as of September 26, 2017, 9 am EDT

    • There are thousands of federal staff, including more than 500 FEMA personnel, on the ground in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands supporting response and recovery operations from Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
    • 8 FEMA Urban Search & Rescue task forces are stationed and conducting operations in the Caribbean. FEMA US&R task forces have saved or assisted 557 individuals and two pets, while searching over 2,600 structures as of September 26.
    • The federal government is working with its interagency and private sector partners to support availability, transportation and delivery of fuel, based on priorities identified by Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The federal support for fuel transportation includes air and sea logistical support by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), U.S. Northern Command, the U.S. Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard, in coordination with the private sector.
    • Power is restored to Centro Médico Hospital in San Juan and San Pablo Hospital in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital in St. Croix and the Schneider Regional Medical Center in St. Thomas are re-energized and re-established as mobile hospitals.
    • The ports of San Juan, Fajardo, Culebra, Guayanilla, Salinas, Tallaboa, and Vieques are now open for daylight operations in Puerto Rico. The ports of Crown Bay, East Gregerie Channel, West Gregerie Channel, and Redhook Bay on St. Thomas, the ports of Krause Lagoon, Limetree Bay, and Frederiksted on St. Croix, and the port of Cruz Bay on St. John are open with restrictions.
    • FEMA, working in coordination with federal partners, provided has provided more than 4 million meals, 6 million liters of water, nearly 300 infant and toddler kits, and 70,000 tarps and 15,000 rolls of roof sheeting to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria’s landfall.
    • An additional 7 million meals and 4 million liters of water are en route by barge to the islands, with additional federal supplies and contract support coming.
    • Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) communications assets and personnel continue to support FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), Urban Search and Rescue (US&R), National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), and other federal teams in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. An additional MERS team is scheduled to arrive Monday.
    • More than 100 satellite phones are en route to Puerto Rico to help address communications needs on the ground.
    • FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) is facilitating private sector requests for humanitarian relief. The NBEOC continues coordination between government and private sector organizations as the community responds to Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
    • Other federal agencies are taking the following actions:
      • For the first time since Hurricane Irma struck, there will be mail service in the U.S. Virgin Islands Tuesday. The Cruz Bay Post Office in St. John will be provide mail service Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In St. Thomas, more packages and mail are being brought in for Tuesday.

    • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an order on September 24 authorizing FEMA and DoD to install and operate temporary water treatment units to provide clean water in the U.S. Virgin Islands to address concerns about a lack of clean alternative water supplies.
    • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the DoD conducted medical evacuations for more than 150 patients from the islands to the continental United States. Medical evacuations from the islands will continue.
    • A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) mobile communications team arrived in Puerto Rico to help improve communications across the storm-impacted area. USCG personnel continue to deliver critical FEMA relief supplies to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) deployed debris experts to assist FEMA with debris management strategies in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands completed a Blue Roof install on Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas, and completed its first residential Blue Roof install on September 23. Installations began on St. Croix Sunday, September 24.
    • Additionally, USACE has 86 generators on hand in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas with more than 186 additional generators en route. USACE and other supporting agencies have completed nine temporary power installs on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and completed more than 100 inspections.
    • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operations personnel are onsite in St. Thomas to evaluate, fix, and install FAA equipment, in support of air traffic control operations.
    • The National Guard Bureau (NGB) has thousands of Guard members on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands taking part in security and support operations. The Air National Guard is focused on transporting food, water, and communications capabilities as well as rapidly increasing airlift into affected areas.
    • Customs and Border Protection airplanes and helicopters are assisting with conducting damage assessment and search and rescue missions.
    • More than 180 Federal Law Enforcement Officers are in San Juan and the U.S. Virgin Islands supporting search and rescue, medical teams, and other federal responders.

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    https://www.usnews.com/news/politics...risis-severity
    The Latest: Pentagon Boosts Troop Numbers in Puerto Rico

    The Pentagon is greatly increasing the active-duty military forces being sent in to help relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

    Sept. 26, 2017, at 7:11 p.m.

    [...]
    4:30 p.m.

    The Trump administration is sending additional resources to Puerto Rico to step up the federal response to Hurricane Maria, including a flotilla of ships and thousands more military personnel.

    Speaking Tuesday outside the White House, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long says the devastation wrought by the storm presents unique logistical challenges for the federal response. He says demolished airports and seaports have made it difficult to get aid and personnel to the stricken island.

    Long says 16 Navy and Coast Guard ships are now in the waters around Puerto Rico, with another 10 ships on the way. They include the USS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship. Planes and ships are also bringing in a military force to help distribute aid.

    [...]

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    He does know that Puerto Rico is part of the USA and that their residents are US citizens, right?

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    Bout time, shameful he would spend so many days attacking POC peaceful protest and ignores US citizens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keane View Post
    He does know that Puerto Rico is part of the USA and that their residents are US citizens, right?

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    The agency has in the past waived the rule to allow cheaper and more readily-available foreign vessels to supply goods to devastated areas. But DHS said Tuesday that waiving the act for Puerto Rico would not help the U.S. island territory due to damaged ports preventing ships from docking.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administ...to-rico-relief


    No one can figure out to get aid supplies to PR due to damaged docks? But the ability exists to obliterate North Korea? And go to the moon?

    Read on CNN today Trump will visit PR next Tuesday - trust he is flying in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeesSeas View Post
    When a disaster happens to US citizens is this the slow response americans want from their president. While he snowflakes out over kneeling to a song.

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    That doesn't sound like it to me.

    It's as if I said: "All of England is with you, people of the Isle of Wight!"
    The Isle is part of England.


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    This delay could be the difference between life and death. Why the hell did it take 6 days to send in the military? The USS Comfort won't be there for 9 more days. To talk about debt in the midst of this is almost criminal.
    Last edited by kaen; 09-26-2017 at 09:41 PM.
    Violence diminishes our humanity. ~Coretta Scott King

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    Deja Vu? Heck of a job, Brownie!
    Violence diminishes our humanity. ~Coretta Scott King

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    https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/images/143197
    Fuel Delivery Among Top Priorities in Puerto Rico


    Cataño, PR, September 26, 2017 - Military tanker is filled with diesel fuel to deliver to hospitals that are functioning only on generators. Hospitals and Dialysis Centers are first in line to receive fuel. Yuisa Rios/FEMA
    Photo by Yuisa Rios - Sep 26, 2017



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    Donald Trump Doesnt Care for Puerto Ricans

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    Thank you, Hillary Clinton.


    The truth is rarely pure and never simple. - Oscar Wilde

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