Both Republicans and Democrats urged the President to waive the 1920 Jones Act, an obscure law which requires all goods carried between United States ports to be transferred on U.S. ships, saying it could help get desperately needed aid to the island after it was battered by Hurricane Maria.
The Jones Act, enacted in 1920, requires goods shipped between US ports be carried on ships built, owned and operated by Americans. He tweeted that relief supplies are getting through.
The move comes after criticism that the White House has been slow to act to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
"Any organization collecting donations can bring them here to the warehouse at the corner of Washington and Lake Shore Drive and we will make sure they get on the truck", he said. The move is meant to boost the delivery of much-needed relief supplies after Hurricane Maria battered the US territory last week.
The Trump administration has already rushed military hardware and personnel to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as the scale of the damage has come clear, along with the inadequacy of the federal response.
In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the damage in Puerto Rico is leading some North Carolinians to take action.
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During the news briefing, which is a daily occurrence in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the prime minister reassured people on the island that a large number of supplies would be making their way across Dominica. Students in the group message chose to form Hoos For Puerto Rico and mobilized to fundraise across Grounds this week for hurricane victims.
The island's power grid was almost destroyed by Hurricane Maria, leading officials to predict it may take many months to completely restore reliable electricity service - affecting access to medical treatments and running water, as well as depriving millions of air conditioning in tropical heat.
A mountain of food, water and other vital supplies has arrived in Puerto Rico's main Port of San Juan. "Now Congress must repeal this law to aid long-term recovery".
"Really our biggest challenge has been the logistical assets to try to get some of the food and some of the water to different areas of Puerto Rico", Rossello said interview with MSNBC on Thursday.
"The wind was so loud, it was frightening because you have no idea how long it's going to go on", Gordon, 37, tells PEOPLE, adding that the pressure from the wind caused her ears to pop. But really only the smallest bit of common sense is needed to understand the Jones Act should be waived for Puerto Rico over the coming weeks.
"I know there can be more help", said Juan Cruz as he filled a container.