President Donald Trump is planning to use the military to rescue Puerto Rico, where a deadly hurricane has wreaked havoc and killed more than 200 people.
Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he’s considering using the military in Puerto Rican territory, a former U.S. territory that was captured by the U.N. in the 1930s.
The U.K. and Canada are providing military assistance to Puerto Rico as it deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The White House has declined to provide more detail on what it expects to receive from the military. “
President Trump has been briefed on the situation and has directed his military to immediately provide assistance to the military as it responds.”
The White House has declined to provide more detail on what it expects to receive from the military.
Puerto Rico has been without power for more than two weeks as residents struggle to keep the lights on and clean the homes and businesses devastated by the storm.
Trump’s move comes as Puerto Rico is under a court order to begin restoring power, as it continues to recover from the storm’s impact.
The order will not allow for the U-Haul truck service to operate in the territory.
“President Trump’s executive order will allow the UHaul Company to resume its trucking services in Puerto Rica,” the White House said in a statement Wednesday.
“As the U, S.C.A.F.C., and FEMA are coordinating with the Puerto Rican government and the Puerto Rico National Guard, the president is making the most of this opportunity to ensure the safety of Puerto Ricans in their time of need.”
The trucking company had said it would be suspended by Tuesday, but did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White White House is also expected to unveil its new National Guard commander later Wednesday.
The National Guard is a paramilitary unit made up of members of the U and S. military that helps the U to fight off terrorism and other emergencies.
It has been in operation since 2005.
The military’s role in Puerto Ricos recovery has been a source of controversy since Maria struck on Sept. 20, killing at least 20 people.
The U-haul trucking service will continue to operate, the company said.
“We’re thankful to President Trump for his leadership in working to get the American people back on their feet and restore power, and we look forward to continuing to do so in Puerto Luís future,” the company’s president, Chris Gaffney, said in an email to The Associated Press.
Gaffney said that Puerto Ricians have been working to restore electricity and communications as the hurricane has ravaged Puerto Rico.
The hurricane is expected to continue battering the island over the next few days, bringing with it heavy rainfall and winds of up to 100 miles per hour.
Puerto Ricos governor Ricardo Rosselló has ordered Puerto Rico to evacuate its entire island by Tuesday morning, as the island’s roads, bridges, airports and other critical infrastructure are at risk.
Rosselló also said Wednesday that the U.-haul company has already been notified of the military’s plan.
“This is part of the normal order to evacuate,” he said.
“The president has asked the military and FEMA to do this.”