Trump lifts bar­ri­ers to aid

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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.

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