Trump waives cargo restrictions to speed help to Puerto Rico

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US President Donald Trump defended the government relief response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday and promised to visit the island next week. Only 20% of truck drivers have reported back to work since Hurricane Maria swept through, according to a representative for Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. The Trump administration said that the first priorities are saving lives and providing core necessities such as food, water, and shelter.

"People are really dying", the mayor of the city of almost 400,000 people told CBS News.

"Last Friday, they were finally able to call me", she said.

Part of the requirements for DHS to issue a waiver would be "insufficient US -flagged vessel capability". Large parts of the island, including most of its hospitals, are still without power, and nearly one half of 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico have no access to clean water.

In making federal hurricane aid requests, Rossello said on "Squawk Box" he has yet to get a commitment for new loans to help shoulder the cost of the massive cleanup and eventual rebuilding.

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But with some lanes closed, traffic was backed up for several miles and delays continued through the morning commute. At one point winds caused the fire to move towards the 91 Freeway, forcing a command post to be relocated.

There's so much happening in the world right now, and sometimes it's hard to know where to turn or how to even help. Eleven ships carrying 1.6 million gallons of water and 23,000 cots, as well as diesel fuel and generators, have arrived, and dozens more shipments are expected.

"The problem has been with the logistics, the parts of the supply chain that move the cargo from our terminal to the shelves or to the tables of the people in Puerto Rico", Ayala said Wednesday. In addition to the electrical grid, road and bridges have been washed out and ports are operating at a limited capacity.

People wait in line outside a grocery store Monday to buy food that wouldn't spoil in San Juan, Puerto Rico. There 10 flights in and of the airport Tuesday, and officials anticipate only around 18 on Wednesday.

Facebook is also going to let organizations run ads free of charge that will help people in Puerto Rico get information on how to stay safe and get assistance.