Trump lifts barriers to aid
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump eased shipping restrictions on storm-battered Puerto Rico yesterday, as he faced sharp criticism for the slow response to Hurricane Maria.
More than a week after the category 4 storm struck, Mr Trump made it easier for fuel and water supplies to reach the ravaged island of 3.4 million US citizens, by temporarily waiving a 1920 law that restricts foreign-flagged ships from operating between US ports.
Puerto Ricans have struggled to rebuild after the storm took down the power grid and wrecked water supplies. Much of the capital San Juan is a landscape of ruin. Hours-long lines have been the norm at gas stations as people scramble for fuel for generators and cars.