Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez: “We never expected to be living in a humanitarian crisis”
@TomBossert45: Cost to Puerto Rico, in economic crisis before the storms, from HurricaneMaria in tens of billions of $, according to credible estimates.
WH would reconsider @POTUS visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday if it would interrupt relief efforts, says Sanders, but as of now Pres going.
@POTUS will reconsider scheduled for Tuesday trip to Puerto Rico if it interferes with recovery and relief effort there, says @PressSec.
"The governor is still the governor of Puerto Rico" replies @PressSec on why US military is not in charge of everything there now.
"We're certainly willing to negotiate with Congress" on better fiscal ideas, such as a bailout, for Puerto Rico debt.
Critics, such as @MayorLevine, "just not yet informed of the facts" about what's happening in Puerto Rico, says @TomBossert45.
@TomBossert45: US military "in charge of a lot but not everything" with restoration and relief effort in Puerto Rico.
Bossert says there were plenty of US-flag ships to deliver relief to Puerto Rico, so waiving Jones Act wasn't needed.
Reporters and @TomBossert45 referring to Puerto Rico as a "country." It's a commonwealth of the United States.
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WH's @TomBossert45 disputes that WH acted too slowly waiving Jones Act for shipping relief to Puerto Rico. Says waiver wasn't needed.
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Land-based distribution remains the challenge and the priority in Puerto Rico, says @TomBossert45.
@POTUS @PressSec "We will not let you down," @PressSec says to the people of Puerto Rico.
: "@POTUS is actively engaged in monitoring the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico."
Today @POTUS actively engaged in monitoring the situation in Puerto Rico, says @PressSec.
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Senators McCain and Lee introduce legislation to permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act
@POTUS is still going to Puerto Rico on Tuesday "if logistics permit," @TomBossert45 tells reporters.
"It's been an unprecedented storm. Its been an unprecedented response," says @TomBossert45.
"Puerto Rico is going to be rebuilt to a better standard," adds @TomBossert45.
"Recovery is not going to be an overnight thing. It's going to take a long time," says Duke of Puerto Rico.
Entire federal government coming forward with volunteers for the Puerto Rico surge force, says Elaine Duke.
Replenishing of supplies throughout Puerto Rico to happen in "24 to 48 hours," promises @DHSgov acting secretary.
"Dated reporting" could "unnecessarily defeat the morale of the people" of Puerto Rico, warns @TomBossert45.
@TomBossert45 "Please bear with us as we seek entry" of volunteers into Puerto Rico.
@TomBossert45: Critical care patients have been moved by rotary wing aircraft.
@TomBossert45 "The federal government is there at every level providing assistance."
@TomBossert45 "Prioritized plan laid out" for restoration of power for Puerto Rico.
@TomBossert45 "It's not a matter of too fast or too slow," adds @TomBossert45. "We need to centralize certain plans."
Need to marshal resources now for distribution throughout Puerto Rico, adds @TomBossert45.
@TomBossert45 A lot of the reporting on the relief situation Puerto Rico is not wrong but "dated," he contends.
"The entire US government is bringing its firepower into Puerto Rico," contends @TomBossert45 speaking now outside West Wing.
At 11am in Oval Office @POTUS to meet with @DHSgov Acting Secretary Elaine Duke to discuss Puerto Rico.
: The electric power grid in Puerto Rico is totally shot. Large numbers of generators are now on Island. Food and water on site.
#HurricaneMaria has resulted in near-total shutdown of Puerto Rico's economy that could last for weeks.
President Trump authorizes waiver of Jones Act for Puerto Rico: White House
White House limits congressional travel to Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, sources say
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Video shows looters storm store in Puerto Rico, dozens arrested - CNN
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Destruction in the sector La Ola, Naguabo
Pres says its "catastrophic" what happened to Puerto Rico. Says massive amounts of food and water being delivered on an hourly basis.
"We are with you now and we will be there every step of the way till this job is done," says Pres Trump of people in Puerto Rico.
: "I will be going down to Puerto Rico next week We are with you know, I tell them."
: "Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands."
Sen Marco Rubio R-FL has sent four of his staffers to Puerto Rico to help with Hurricane Maria recovery efforts
Pentagon says there are currently about a combined 5,000 active-duty troops and National Guardsmen involved in Puerto Rico.
Asked about waiving the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, Trump noted that US shipping companies object to that idea