Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio is urging President Donald Trump to put the Pentagon in charge of relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last week.
Rubio is pushing for Trump to name someone from the Pentagon as the point person to direct ground logistics because he says it’s unclear who is in charge.
Rubio called on the administration to name a single authority to oversee relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, suggesting the U.S. Department of Defense should mostly be in charge because “This is what they do. They are the best responders to natural disasters on the planet. And we need to employ them.”
According to the Miami Herald, Rubio’s concern and reason for pushing the president is because of a breakdown in communication between U.S. agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency based in San Juan and the island’s 78 municipalities.
Rubio told CNN, “We have no idea what is happening in a lot of parts of Puerto Rico ... Nothing good happens after eight days in the tropics without food or water.”
Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. agrees with Rubio.
The Trump administration waived the Jones Act today, lifting trade restrictions on foreign ships that port in Puerto Rico and are providing aid to the hurricane-ravaged.