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Here's what Puerto Rico really needs from Donald Trump
January 19 2018, 01:44 | Irvin Gilbert
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And that's exactly what the commander in chief did early Saturday morning, hours after the mayor of the island's capital city, San Juan demanded more help from the federal government.
Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump will visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday and possibly the US Virgin Islands, which were hit by Hurricane Irma.
In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Trump suggested the mayor had been told "to be nasty to Trump" by his Democratic opposition.
Earlier on Saturday, Trump said on Twitter that Cruz and others in Puerto Rico had displayed "such poor leadership ability" in being "not able to get their workers to help". "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort".
"Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort ... will be funded", he said.
The act, signed by former President Woodrow Wilson, was enacted after World War I in order to help create American jobs and was also seen as an additional line of national marine defense for the U.S. "It will allow Puerto Ricans to rebuild and to have a cost of living that really frankly is affordable". "Enough is enough", she said in comments aimed at President Trump, in a televised briefing.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke declared "the relief effort is under control".
In the wake of the devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz - along with other USA politicians, including McCain and Marco Rubio, R-Florida - had urged the suspension of the Jones Act in order to speed up supply deliveries.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump waived the Jones Act in response to a request from the island's governor, Ricardo Rossello.