"But when it comes to food and water and diapers and things like that, they can not wait", said Ivette Solivan, President of the Puerto Rican Professional Association of Rhode Island.
"The island of Puerto Rico has no electricity- therefore, the ATMs are not working, credit card machines are not taking any (cards)", Solivan said.
The President, who is set to visit the island on Tuesday, added: "Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help".
The roughly 100-year-old Jones Act requires goods shipped between American ports to travel on US -flagged ships with American crews.
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Mildred Lopez, a Puerto Rican community organizer and wife of the pastor of the Emanuel Church in Plano, says the members of her church are all Puerto Rican.
From the White House driveway to cable television, a squad of advisers defended the president's response and described the relief efforts as well underway, with most hospitals "operational". As of Wednesday, six of 15 ports on the island remained closed.
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The Jones Act restrictions were waived for Texas and Florida after they were hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma respectively, but not for Puerto Rico. The move is meant to boost the delivery of much-needed relief supplies after Hurricane Maria battered the US territory last week.