Donald Trump Refuses to Send More Aid to Puerto Rico, Citing Business Interests
Newsweek 11 hours ago
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President Donald Trump has made it clear his administration isn't planning to allow any additional outside aid to get into Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Speaking with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, the president cited business interests as the reason for refusing calls from lawmakers and activists to allow international organizations and governments to ship aid to the island.
Trump said he was initially considering whether to implement a temporary waiver of the Jones Act to allow it, but decided against doing so as "a lot of people that work in the shipping industry…don’t want the Jones Act lifted."
Also called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act requires all goods ship
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Trump administration denies Puerto Rico's request to waive the Jones Act, which it did for Harvey and Irma. https://www.reuters....r-idUSKCN1C12UI …