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Bossert Defends Trump’s Wait to Waive Jones Act for Puerto Rico

  • 1920 Jones Act was limiting shipments of hurricane relief
  • Some Democrats want longer waiver as others defend law
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Trump: Massive Effort Underway to Help Puerto Rico

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President Donald Trump’s top disaster adviser defended the administration’s eight-day wait to waive restrictions under the Jones Act that limited which ships could be used to deliver relief supplies to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, despite complaints from lawmakers.

Tom Bossert, Trump’s homeland security adviser, said the criticism is “unfounded.” Shortages of water, food, fuel and other relief supplies have been caused by distribution bottlenecks on the island rather than constraints in shipping capacity, he told reporters at a White House briefing.