Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, there was a growing call to suspend the Jones Act, which imposes protectionist limits preventing any foreign ships from carrying goods between American ports. As a result, prices in Puerto Rico are often significantly higher. Obviously, the need for supplies to reach Puerto Rico is critical, and yet President Trump originally said this
Trump said he was initially considering whether to implement a temporary waiver of the Jones Act to allow it, but decided against doing so as "a lot of people that work in the shipping industry…don’t want the Jones Act lifted."
Today he reversed course and granted a waiver.
The Jones Act seems to be growing in unpopularity and there's clearly a growing push to finally repeal the act. Hawaii chafes under it as well and unsuccessfully sued to get relief from it. It even played a role in the El Faro tragedy a few years ago. So who is still defending this law?