Donald Trump has been highly criticized for the way he has handled the tragedy in Puerto Rico. His latest move will not do anything to ease his critics but will do the exact opposite.
On Monday the White House let the 10-day shipping waiver expire for Puerto Rico. This means that any foreign ship that wants to bring aid to the island will not be allowed.
The White House has let a 10-day shipping waiver expire for Puerto Rico, meaning foreign ships can no longer bring aid to the hurricane-ravaged island from U.S. ports.
A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security confirmed on Monday that the Jones Act waiver will not be extended.
The Jones Act is a century-old law that only allows American-built and -operated vessels to make cargo shipments between U.S. ports. Multiple U.S. lawmakers and Puerto Rican officials have been urging Trump to exempt Puerto Rico as they are desperate for help.
The Trump administration lifted the restriction for only 10 days, but now that the exception expired the administration won’t be extending it, leaving Puerto Rico without help from foreign countries.