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Trump Visits Puerto Rico, Says Budget ‘Out Of Whack’, Maria Wasn’t ‘Real Catastrophe Like Katrina’

President Donald Trump in Puerto Rico
President Trump in Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump flew to Puerto Rico this morning and told the island’s officials and residents to be happy because the devastation they suffered from Hurricane Maria wasn’t “a real catastrophe like Katrina.”

“Every death is a horror but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous — hundreds and hundreds of people that died — and you look at what happened here with, really, a storm that was just totally overpowering … no one has ever seen anything like this,” Trump told Puerto Rican officials.

“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack,” he said.

He then turned to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and asked “What is your death count?” “17?” The governor responded “16.”

“16 people certified,” Trump retorted. “Sixteen people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people and all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud. Everybody watching can really be very proud of what’s taken place in Puerto Rico.”

Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005 and according to FEMA, killed 1,833 people.

President Trump speaking with residents of Puerto Rico

Sitting around the table with officials, Trump praised them for doing a great job but deliberately left off Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz whom he has had issues with.

He asked for praise from the officials, in return. Officials around the table applauded, smiled and laughed.

“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack,” Trump continued. “Because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico and that’s fine, we’ve saved a lot of lives.”

RELATED: As Puerto Rico Begs for Help, Trump Congratulates Himself for Job Well Done.

The bulk of Trump’s praise was lavished on his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria even as 3.5 million residents still do not have drinking water, electricity and communications, over a week after the storm made landfall.

“I think she’s come back a long way. I think it’s now acknowledged what a great job we’ve done. In Texas and Florida, we get an A-plus. And I’ll tell you what, I think we’ve done just as good in Puerto Rico, and it’s actually a much tougher situation.”

“At a local level, they have to give us more help,” Trump added while praising the “incredible job” of federal officials. “Whether it’s her or anybody else, they’re all starting to say it,” Trump said refering to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.



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