"We're deeply disappointed with the response received from the White House refusing to do so", Soto said after the Trump administration's initial response to waiving the federal requirement. At last count, the organization credited more than 200 GA pilots for volunteer flights that assisted Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma victims in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, before Hurricane Maria-a Category Five tempest at the time-flattened the USA islands.
"People are just desperate", said Marin, "They just need help". "Yes, we have these medications", she tells me. Some of those words were written by a seven-year-old girl for her grandparents on the island. She also said her complaints had resulted in more food and water being provided. From the looks of it, it doesn't seem like it will be Alex's last trip. The performer tweeted the photo out with, "Dear @realDonaldTrump I know you've probably already seen this, but I just wanted to make sure!" This means foreign countries trying to send aid to the colony on boats would have to pay tariffs for stationing in Puerto Rico or drop their supplies off in Florida, which would then go on a US ship back to Puerto Rico, according to the Washington Post. "We're literally starting from scratch".
The rain is typical in the tropics, but due to the hurricane, recovery efforts could be compromised. The hurricane has killed at least 16 people, according to the official death toll.
During a Friday press conference, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz made a heartbreaking plea: "I am asking the members of the press to send a mayday call all over the world". She asks us to wait 15 or 20 minutes. "It's too warm", she said. Another replied, "I think It would be better for the country if you run it".
In an interview Friday with CNN, Buchanan said the Pentagon had 10,000 people helping with hurricane response efforts and that more were being added. Only 11 of the island's 69 hospitals have power or fuel supply and nearly half of the population is without potable water, according to a FEMA briefing issued Tuesday morning.
Trump seemed more sympathetic to the pleas of the shipping companies than to those of the Puerto Ricans, who, of course, can not vote or deliver the large campaign donations that big business, including the shipping industry, hands over every four years.
At one such facility, anguished residents pleaded for more than the single sheets of plastic tarp that National Guard troops were handing out.
The insurance industry has begun to tally the mounting costs of Maria, with one modeling company estimating that claims could total as much as $85 billion. "It has been enhancing, but it's still nowhere near where it needs to be", Rossello said.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And what's been the reaction there to the appointment of this three-star Army general to oversee the work being done there?