Marco Rubio says Puerto Rico’s challenges require a “more aggressive” federal response

The family moved to the southwestern part of the island about six years ago, since Richardson’s son in law is from Puerto Rico. He said that Puerto Rican residents would have to pay at least twice as much for food, drinking water and other supplies without the waiver.

American rapper Pitbull and billionaire Mark Cuban are lending private planes to the ongoing relief effort in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island.

Saint Croix, largely spared the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Irma just weeks ago, this time experienced five hours of hurricane force winds, U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp said.

Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “When he talked about Texas and Florida ‘are doing great, ‘ but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure and massive debt is in deep trouble”. Most of the island remains without power.

While most of Pastor Brian Yoder’s flock can be found in the rolling hills of Floyd County, he does tend to those serving in far-flung corners of the world. “They’ll be back, but we are helping them”, Trump said.

“We’re dramatically increasing the federal footprint that’s there”, Long said, speaking outside the White House. Of the people in Puerto Rico, Trump said they “are important to all of us”. Not at all. Not at all. “All I do is work”.

“The best way I can put this is that we give abrazos, that’s hugs”.

To help with widespread electrical outages, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “has 86 generators in [Puerto Rico and St. Thomas] with 186+ en route, supporting temporary power installations”.

FEMA also says the main reason more money hasn’t been earmarked for recovery yet because it’s hard to tell who needs what at the moment. Yet media coverage – particularly television imagines – could bring more urgency, and with it more public criticism or praise of the president’s response. But this came only after he came dangerously close to repeating the same mistakes that come with an ambivalent response.

Almost 1.6 million electric customers in Puerto Rico are without power, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Energy Department, not counting those using generators as a backup.

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