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    Donald Trump Refuses to Send More Aid to Puerto Rico, Citing Business Interests

    Racist or not? Build the wall? Against your own Americans?

    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 shipped between American ports to be on ships built, owned and operated in the United States.
    The refusal to work with intergovernmental networks eager to supply aid to the devastated island was then echoed by Trump’s Department of Homeland Security. "Based on consultation with other federal agencies," spokesman David Lapan said Wednesday, "DHS's current assessment is that there is sufficient numbers of U.S.-flagged vessels to move commodities to Puerto Rico."


    The department did waive the Jones Act to aid Houston and parts of Florida that were ravaged by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Senator John McCain, who has repeatedly fought to repeal the act, slammed the Department of Homeland Security for failing to extend the same relief efforts to Puerto Rico that it provided to parts of the mainland United States.

    "It is unacceptable to force the people of Puerto Rico to pay at least twice as much for food, clean drinking water, supplies and infrastructure due to Jones Act requirements as they work to recover from this disaster," the Republican McCain wrote in a letter to the department on Tuesday. "Now, more than ever, it is time to realize the devastating effect of this policy and implement a full repeal of this archaic and burdensome Act."

    Proponents of the Jones Act say that without it, the country would be forced to rely on cheaper international ships operated by foreign workers and put American vessels in a more crowded and less efficient shipping environment.

    Temporarily waiving the Jones Act for Puerto Rico "would take American first responders out of the loop and replace them with Filipino or Russian or Chinese crews," Michael Roberts, senior vice president and general counsel at Crowley Maritime Corporation, told The Wall Street Journal Wednesday. "Doing that at a time when many U.S. mariners in this region have had their homes damaged, their lives uprooted and now they need to work, to take that away is not something you want to do."

    Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is facing disastrous conditions in the wake of Hurricane Maria, including flooding and rising temperatures. The U.S. military reports nearly 44 percent of the island (1.5 million people), are without clean drinking water, while 97 percent of Puerto Rico remains without power.
    "We are getting help from the federal government, but this is an unprecedented set of circumstances," Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, said Wednesday.

    Donald Trump Refuses to Send More Aid to Puerto Rico, Citing Business Interests

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    "......decided against doing so as "a lot of people that work in the shipping industry…don’t want the Jones Act lifted."


    Fucking bullshit. His imaginary "a lot of people" again.

    In other words he sees a business opportunity selling what should be given.

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    Lost health care, backed the wrong guy in Alabama, polls are all negative......here's an opportunity for him to step up and win some yuuge points....and what's he do?

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    Say they're American.

    Then don't allow them to vote.

    When they are suffering.

    Allow them to suffer more.

    While you spend billions of dollars of tax payers money on illegal invasions and wars which make the rest of the planet suffer.

    God bless America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle junior View Post
    Lost health care, backed the wrong guy in Alabama, polls are all negative......here's an opportunity for him to step up and win some yuuge points....and what's he do?
    That idiot longface will be along soon trying to defend him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    That idiot longface will be along soon trying to defend him.

    Longway at bat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnasty2017 View Post
    Then don't allow them to vote.

    When they are suffering.

    Allow them to suffer more.
    They voted in primaries. With 73% for Rubio all 23 delegates went to him. Trump only got 13% of the vote. Pay back time perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Fucking bullshit. His imaginary "a lot of people" again.
    Just what I picked up on too. In fact probably 2 rich guys with stakes in it.
    And the fat trailer park wimmin in their mumus, and the redneck losers will be going, " Uhuh, God bless Mr Trump, see he's thinking of all those people again. Whatta great guy."

    What a horrendous wanker.
    A shameless jerk.
    A lying, cheating, racist thicko with an ego problem.

    When will the citizens of the US wake up and ditch this chump?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    They voted in primaries. With 73% for Rubio all 23 delegates went to him. Trump only got 13% of the vote. Pay back time perhaps?
    Nothing would surprise me with that rancid orange c u n t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Trump only got 13% of the vote. Pay back time perhaps?
    He threatened to withhold federal emergency fund for California when the Governor declared a state of emergency due to wildfires. So that is a logical assumption. This guy is amoral.

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    Royal Caribbean cancels cruise, sends ship on rescue mission to Puerto Rico




    Royal Caribbean has canceled an upcoming cruise in order to send a ship to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on a mission to help hurricane victims.


    The Adventure of the Seas, which can carry 3,114 passengers, will forgo its scheduled Saturday voyage and travel to San Juan, St. Croix and St. Thomas on Friday to pick up evacuees and bring supplies.


    A spokesman for Royal Caribbean told the Miami Herald that the cruise line expects to pick up more than 3,000 people, taking them back to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


    The cruise line sent ships to St. Thomas and St. Martin to rescue a total of 1,700 people after Hurricane Irma struck the area.
    According to the Miami Herland, travelers on the canceled voyage will get a full refund.


    President Trump said earlier this week that the federal government has had difficulty getting aid to Puerto Rico, compared to other U.S. areas hit by hurricanes in the past month, because it is an island.


    "This is a thing called the Atlantic Ocean, this is tough stuff,” Trump said.


    After pressure from lawmakers, Trump announced Thursday that he would temporarily suspend the Jones Act, easing shipping restrictions that have been stifling relief efforts.


    Royal Caribbean cancels cruise, sends ship on rescue mission to Puerto Rico | TheHill


    The cruise line also delivered more than 25 pallets of medical supplies, 29,571 gallons of water, 13,050 pounds of animal supplies, 9,355 gallons of milk, 7,000 pounds of ice, 110,500 garbage bags, 4,200 rolls of toilet paper, 450 power generators and 30,504 batteries to the two islands.

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    Refused?
    Perhaps he does not get available the necessary funds blocked by the ones who need it for other "more important issues".
    (he is just an announcer - "speaker")

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    ^ What are you yammering about? You make no sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    ^ What are you yammering about? You make no sense.
    He never fucking does. I suspect that's more to do with him being a witless twat.

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    Who is so naive enough to think that the POTUS decides who to bomb today and who not to, and whom to give the money and whom not to?
    All the big guys standing every morning in a queue, awaiting patiently what they will be ordered, yes srrr....

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    3 weeks after the hurricane landed and 85% of PR doesn't have electricity and 40% doesn't have potable water.


    https://www.axios.com/85-of-puerto-r...494753594.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Who is so naive enough to think that the POTUS decides who to bomb today and who not to,
    “Just as dessert was being served, the president explained to Mr Xi he had something he wanted to tell him, which was the launching of 59 missiles into Syria,” Ross said, according to Variety. “It was in lieu of after-dinner entertainment.”
    http://Trump's attack on Syria was '...erce secretary

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Trump announced Thursday that he would temporarily suspend the Jones Act, easing shipping restrictions that have been stifling relief efforts.
    A politically expedient 10 day suspenaion. Useless. Should be lifted for 2 or 3 years to get all the materials needed to rebuild the island. Or better yet permanently. Nothing but a protectionist law in place to prop up a noncompetive shipping sector.

    Even if stuff folks need imediatly get to a port, with roads destroyed there is no way to distribute the stuff. Ffs, get real.

    8,893 tons of necessities each day, such as fuel and food were delivered to Berliners in 1949. Up your game 45.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    A third of the island still without drinking water....

    “There are reports of residents obtaining, or trying to obtain, drinking water from wells at hazardous waste ‘Superfund’ sites in Puerto Rico,” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in a release.
    Superfund sites are areas contaminated by hazardous industrial waste that have been identified by the EPA as candidates for a federal clean-up program.

    The EPA advised against “tampering with sealed and locked wells or drinking from these wells, as it may be dangerous to people’s health.”

    Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Monday drinking water supplies have been restored to nearly 60 percent of the island but some areas in the north remained at around 20 percent after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory.

    It was not immediately clear which Superfund sites the EPA was referring to. Puerto Rico has about 24 industrial waste sites contaminated by industries including pesticides and battery recycling.


    Toxic waste is not the only drinking water worry in Puerto Rico. The agency said raw sewage continues to be released into waterways and is expected to continue until repairs can be made and power is restored. The EPA advised people to boil water from rivers and streams for one minute, or disinfect it with bleach.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN1CH0B9

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    Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery effort

    President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

    Declaring the U.S. territory's electrical grid and infrastructure to have been a “disaster before hurricanes,” Trump wrote Thursday that it will be up to Congress how much federal money to appropriate to the island for its recovery efforts and that recovery workers will not stay “forever.”


    In a trio of tweets, Trump wrote” “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...nders-forever/

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    one month after the hurricane landed, and

    >80 % of the country don't have electricity
    25% don't have clean water



    asked to rate the federal government’s recovery effort on a scale of one to 10, Trump told reporters: “I give ourselves a 10."

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...e-10-out-of-10

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    No experience necessary..........


    A $300 million contract awarded to Whitefish Energy, a small Montana utility company hired to restore power in parts of Puerto Rico, is now under several government reviews after being mired in controversy in recent days.

    The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has launched an inquiry into the deal with Whitefish following calls by the press and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The agency considers it one of their highest priority cases, a spokeswoman told CNN on Thursday.

    The inspector general plans to look into whether the appropriate process was followed by state-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, when it awarded the contract. Thus far, the Whitefish deal is the largest contract awarded to any company for relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

    The contract has raised a few eyebrows given that the firm is based in the same hometown as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and it employed just two people at the time Hurricane Maria made landfall.

    Such concerns prompted a separate House committee on Thursday to also open a review of the multimillion dollar contract.


    http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/26/news/economy/whitefish-puerto-rico-government/index.html

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    One man and his mate, they don't even try to conceal it any more!

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    if he somehow lasts four years (he won't IMO), i think this will go down as the most corrupt administration in US history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle junior View Post
    No experience necessary..........


    A $300 million contract awarded to Whitefish Energy, a small Montana utility company hired to restore power in parts of Puerto Rico, is now under several government reviews after being mired in controversy in recent days.

    The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has launched an inquiry into the deal with Whitefish following calls by the press and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The agency considers it one of their highest priority cases, a spokeswoman told CNN on Thursday.

    The inspector general plans to look into whether the appropriate process was followed by state-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, when it awarded the contract. Thus far, the Whitefish deal is the largest contract awarded to any company for relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

    The contract has raised a few eyebrows given that the firm is based in the same hometown as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and it employed just two people at the time Hurricane Maria made landfall.

    Such concerns prompted a separate House committee on Thursday to also open a review of the multimillion dollar contract.


    http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/26/news/economy/whitefish-puerto-rico-government/index.html
    It gets better!


    There's also a clause in the deal that bars PREPA, the FEMA administrator, the government of Puerto Rico and the Comptroller General of the U.S. from auditing the cost and profit elements of its labor rates.

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