Puerto Rico pleads for storm relief, while Trump cites debts

Puerto Rico pleads for storm relief, while Trump cites debts”

All reservations were being confirmed through a phone line to Miami, and hundreds of departing passengers were waiting at the airport in stifling heat.

She said she wants to bring her mother and the rest of her family to OH, but Puerto Rico's main airport has been severely affected by Hurricane Maria.

It's unclear how long it might take before the airport can resume normal operations.

A Wednesday CBS news report says nearly all of the island's 3.4 million residents remain without power, and that power may not be restored for more than a month.

"I'm not a crier, I'm a tough girl, but when we landed and everyone started clapping, everyone started crying on the plane", Angela Garcia said.

Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rossello said more than 95 percent of the island's residents are still in the dark as of Wednesday and about half of residents do not have running water. This is a humanitarian crisis. "Her last words to me were, she was praying to God and puts her life in the lord's hands", said Mayor Rosas.

The president said Puerto Rico is important to him and Puerto Ricans are "great people and we need to help them".

He urged Trump to propose an aid package to Congress in the next day or two. And it may be time for federal officials to consider that such an investment might justify starting the process toward statehood, so that should disaster hit again, Puerto Rico won't be just another after tweet. They're looking for donations to the first lady of Puerto Rico's foundation, Unidos Por Puerto Rico. They're hoping to raise thousands of dollars to help the millions of people devastated by Hurricane Maria.

The White House has not provided details about the president's visit to the island, but Mr. Trump said he may also stop in the United States Virgin Islands, which were also devastated by hurricanes.

The Trump administration says it is not planning to waive federal restrictions on foreign ships' transportation of cargo to Puerto Rico and other areas affected by Hurricane Maria, as it did following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. "Puerto Rico needs charitable giving and they should be donating".

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