Trump mocked for tossing paper towels to hurricance victims

Marie Harrington
October 9, 2017

From the moment President Donald Trump stepped foot in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, he made dismissive and insulting comments about the island and the natural disaster that struck it on September 20. The Spanish newspaper labeled the decision of Trump to throw rolls of paper to the neighbors of Guaynabo - a municipality in the neighborhood of San Juan - as if they were basketball balls, as "rude".

As Trump visited the island Tuesday, residents remain in desperate need of assistance.

Trump told local officials: "I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack".

Catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide said last week that the storm caused an estimated $40-85bn worth of damage, mostly in Puerto Rico.

While talking about the devastation Puerto Rico received as a result of Hurricane Maria, Donald Trump said that when compared to Hurricane Katrina, Maria is nowhere near as big of a catastrophe. The U.S. president berated San Juan's mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and suggested Puerto Ricans were ungrateful people who "want everything to be done for them".

The beleaguered politician wore a black T-shirt with the word "NASTY" in capital letters on it during a Spanish language interview with Univision's Jorge Ramos for "Al Punto", (To the Point) Wednesday. While her own city's flood waters have receded and things are slowly being restored, she laments the fact that there are inland communities that have been ravaged and continue to exist without drinking water or electricity. "And that's fine. We've saved a lot of lives".

He found himself in a awkward situation when he told off Puerto Rico for spending more than it should have done on hurricane recovery.

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Ricardo Rossello announced Tuesday that the death toll in the US territory from Hurricane Maria more than doubled to 34.

"He really has a communication issue".

The president's visit to Puerto Rico and ongoing tension with Cruz, whom he criticized on Twitter Saturday, are the latest blunders in Trump's widely criticized response to Hurricane Maria - and the American people are taking notice.

But, in an interview with CNN, she was critical of the President, saying he sometimes "spouts" comments "that really hurt the people of Puerto Rico".

In an interview with MSNBC, she also said chatting with White House staff and informing them of what's happening on the island proved useful.

According to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, just 32% of respondents approve of how Trump is handling relief efforts in Puerto Rico, while 49% disapprove. "If you look at Katrina, they had in the thousands, and this was a storm the likes of which nobody has ever seen".

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