Lizard People

Trump Makes Puerto Rico Recovery More Difficult Because There’s Money to Be Made

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has refused to waive the Jones Act, a relatively ancient law signed in 1920 that restricts shipping between American ports (domestic trade) to predominately American-made ships and crews, to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria.

The law was waived to aid recovery efforts in Florida and Texas following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but it has not been waived for Puerto Rico.

Why not?

According to Trump himself, the law hasn't been waived because the American shipping industry wouldn't like it.

“On Puerto Rico, Mr. President, why not lift the Jones Act like you did in Texas and Florida?” a reporter asked as Trump made his way to Marine One.

“Well, we’re thinking about that,” he responded. “But we have a lot of shippers, and a lot of people — a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don’t want the Jones Act lifted. And we have a lot of ships out there right now.”

In other words, Trump has placed the profits of the shipping industry ahead of human suffering.

That's hardly surprising, but there it is.

  • We don’t have a lot of ships out there, Donald. That’s the point. That’s why we have the Jones Act, because our merchant fleet is small.

  • Aynwrong

    Trump is a depraved idiot. America First™ indeed.

    • Christopher Foxx

      But those who live in Puerto Rico aren’t Americans. I mean, how can they be? Their skin is a few shades to dark.

  • Badgerite

    Remember. This is what the GOP stands for. They put trump in office. They and the right wing evangelicals are responsible for all the human suffering and death that will occur in Puerto Rico if there is not an all out effort on the part of the US government to help.

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