Senior US general to oversee military response to Puerto Rico disaster

Senior US general to oversee military response to Puerto Rico disaster”

Maria hit Puerto Rico more than a week ago, leaving the island without power and many people without drinking water. The Trump administration has responded with large-scale relief efforts.

Marco Rubio urged President Donald Trump to put the US military in charge of recovery efforts on the island.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) - who has sent some of his Senate staff to Puerto Rico to help - says the USA military needs to do even more.

"Really our biggest challenge has been the logistical assets to try to get some of the food and some of the water to different areas of Puerto Rico", Governor Rossello told MSNBC on Thursday.

In his remarks as he departed for New Jersey, the president cited as he has before the unique difficulties in Puerto Rico given both the poor condition of its infrastructure before the storm and the intensity of Maria.

"We have no idea what is happening in a lot of parts of Puerto Rico", Rubio said. Those that are open are operating on just emergency generator power and can offer very limited services.

"Sometimes the gov might be giving the appearance of not moving fast enough", Bossert said.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Glass prepares an injured resident for evacuation from Dominica on September 25, following Hurricane Maria.

Relief workers now have the food and water needed for the island, Duke said. Their priority the day before was to distribute these goods and to clear debris and landslides to make the deliveries.

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"Maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story". People who need it are being airlifted off the island, but he added that of the 69 hospitals on the island, 44 remain operational. The Jones Act (officially called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920) requires that goods and services between USA ports be carried by United States-flagged ships.

Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., agrees the Defense Department should lead the Puerto Rico relief efforts.

President Donald Trump appears to have woken up at his Bedminster, NJ country club to see a bevy of news reports critical of how his administration has thus far handled the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island USA territory. "Hospitals first, gas stations next".

Asked to clarify her comment that the government's response to the storm is a "good news story", Duke pointed to effective coordination between federal and local authorities and said there is "unification of command". "This is such a critical mission", she said.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 photo, Ruby Rodriguez, 8, looks back at her mother as she wades across the San Lorenzo Morovis river with her family, since the bridge was swept away by Hurricane Maria, in Morovis, Puerto Rico.

"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency", Cruz said at a news conference.

"We will not rest until everyone is safe and secure", Sanders said.

"We are dying here, and I can not fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world can not figure out logistics for a small island", she said, adding: "(If) we don't get the food and water into people's hands, we are going to see something close to a genocide.

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