Trump Deploys Top Generals To Help Puerto Rico

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The Pentagon on Thursday deployed a battle-tested general to coordinate military response operations in Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico, where some 4,400 troops were fanning out across the US territory to deliver life-sustaining supplies, according to defense officials. Most of the island of 3.5 million people still does not have power, and about half of the island is without safe drinking water.

"It's kind of like Katrina: We got it".

The White House has requested emergency supplemental funding from the Congress, as highlighted by President Trump's homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert in a press briefing. He said 12 of the 29 bridges that have been assessed are closed.

"The model you want is what was done in Florida (before Hurricane Irma) where every town had National Guard in it", he said.

The situation required "expeditionary logistics" that involved specialised ships, aircraft and other equipment.

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Mr Honore said he would send 50,000 troops to Puerto Rico, where he said the devastation was worse than New Orleans dealt with after Katrina.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the commander of U.S. Army North, will "serve as the Department of Defense's primary liaison" to FEMA as the Pentagon shifts from running relief operations primarily from the sea to mostly ashore, U.S. Northern Command said Thursday in a statement.

"I had 20 ships and over 240 helicopters". Eight days after impact, the vast majority of the island remains without power and almost half its inhabitants were without access to drinking water, FEMA officials said Thursday.

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, conditions on the ground remain dire and it appears there are fundamental problems associated with the recovery efforts to date. There are significant logistical concerns regarding the urgent actions your administration is taking to bring relief to our fellow Americans on the island of Puerto Rico.

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