Nebraskan living in Puerto Rico describes devistation

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Puerto Rico was crippled by Hurricane Maria when the storm made landfall last week.

"She has been working 24/7 [while] you have been GOLFING", Miranda said to Trump Saturday (Sept. 30) after he critiqued Cruz's leadership in Puerto Rico following the relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

The presenter of the video said the hospital she was in had "no water, no cash", and added that "the hospital is completely full with no generators, so they have open windows". The National Guard has deployed more than 2,300 guardsmen to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well.

Trump's decision came at the behest of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, but others pushed for it as well.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said she signed the waiver of a federal law called the Jones Act to clear the way for foreign-flagged ships to deliver supplies between US ports.

The Jones Act was originally created to promote the U.S. ship-building industry after World War I. These days, it has the unintended effect of reducing to a handful the number of shipping companies that can transport products to Puerto Rico.

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What did the White House say?

But opponents argue it's an anachronistic piece of legislation that unnecessarily raises the cost of imported goods for the island economy of Puerto Rico.

Seven lawmakers led by Representative Nydia Velazquez of NY had urged Trump to waive the restrictions for a year in order to speed delivery of critically needed supplies to devastated Puerto Rico's 3.5 million residents.

As though criticizing Mayor Cruz wasn't crass enough, Trump invoked the racist trope of lazy minorities hungry for government handouts just for good measure. A government assessment determined that there was no need for the waiver, as Puerto Rico's ports were too damaged to handle increased imports. Only 11 of the island's 69 hospitals have power or fuel supply and nearly half of the population is without potable water, according to a FEMA briefing issued Tuesday morning.

The Department of Homeland Security initially said the law didn't need to be waived because most humanitarian relief is delivered by US ships.

Trump also says the mayor was "very complimentary only a few days ago", but "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump".

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