On Thursday at the request of the island's Governor, Ricardo Rosselló, President Donald Trump waived the Jones Acts in support of relief for Puerto Rico. The news comes after millions on social media shared their frustration with POTUS for focusing on NFL players and coaches, instead of the disaster in the Caribbean island.
Now, the former businessman has approved shipping supplies "immediately" for the victims of Hurricane Maria.
The White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced the decision via Twitter, saying, "At @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately”.
The Jones Act is a federal law created to protect the financial gains of US shipbuilders by limiting shipping by foreign soil. According to CNN, “The act was quickly lifted to help Texas and Florida in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Department of Homeland Security said it was able to lift the restrictions quickly because the Department of Defense requested a waiver for those states and the department hadn't yet done so for Puerto Rico.”
In response to the relief, the island’s Governor shared his gratitude by thanking the 45th President on social media.
With cell towers down and lack of resources, Hurricane Maria victims are still in dire need of help.
This is a developing story.