Watch live: WH holds press briefing amid Puerto Rico devastation

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will answer questions from reporters on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier Thursday, the White House announced that President Trump has agreed to waive the Jones Act, which will temporarily lift shipping restrictions on Puerto Rico and enable the hurricane-ravaged island to receive necessary aid.


The waiver from the shipping law, which requires American-made and -operated vessels to transport cargo between U.S. ports, will only last for 10 days and goes into effect immediately.

The administration faced fierce backlash for not immediately lifting the law for Puerto Rico after it issued a two-week waiver for Texas and Florida in response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The briefing is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Watch live in the video above.