Trump lifts Puerto Rico shipping restrictions

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"Myself and a lot of people have no idea what's going on", said Ruiz, whose mother moved to Cleveland when he was five.

Earlier he tweeted: "The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes".

'The electrical grid and other infrastructure were already in very, very poor shape.

"I know it's a hard storm to recover from but the amount of progress that's been made - and I really would appreciate any support that we get".

"There's still a shortfall there though and that is drivers for all those trucks so we're pushing personnel in to augment state and local authorities to continue to push those commodities", said Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert. Duke said she is aware that people are suffering and "clearly, the situation in Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricane is not satisfactory". She also has criticized FEMA for spending too much time assessing and too little time actually "doing". Trump said his administration "will not rest" until people there are safe.

Another challenge to keeping the factories running: Many employees haven't been able to return to work since Hurricane Maria hit nine days ago.

The mayor said city law enforcement and fire officials also will be deployed to help out in Puerto Rico, once the proper paperwork is processed at the federal level. Riverside K-9 rescue team welcomed back after Puerto Rico missionThey're on a six-day mission as part of a group called ROW, which stands for Reach Out Worldwide.

The head of the USA relief effort, Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan, said Thursday it would be a long-term project.

Trump waived federal restrictions on foreign ships delivering cargo.

Trump and his advisers, meanwhile, defended the administration's response to the devastation on the island, which was hit by Hurricane Maria Sept. 20 with many people left desperate for power, food and other supplies.

Trump is quoting praise from Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, who says the president and the Trump administration have "delivered" for the USA territory.

In the US Virgin Islands, which are exempt from the law, US-made goods are about half as expensive, while the cost of living in Puerto Rico is 13 percent higher than on the American mainland.

Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20.

Trump, a Republican, is expected to stay at his golf course in Bedminster this weekend and slated to survey the damage in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

On the island of Puerto Rico, thousands of people are still in need of food, water and power in the wake of Hurricane Maria.