Trump lifts Jones Act to assist disaster relief to Puerto Rico

The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump will temporarily lift the Jones Act in order to bolster aid efforts in Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria last week.

The Trump administration has received intense criticism for the delay in lifting the Jones Act to assist Puerto Rico after the administration had already issued temporary waivers in Florida and Texas after Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

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