President Donald Trump is baffled by the, in his words, “little appreciation” that he has received for his relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
After the video that went viral of the U.S. President throwing paper towels into the crowd in Puerto Rico, Trump was taken back by the response he’s received, claiming that the people were “having fun” and “loving everything.” Gov. Mike Huckabee sat down to interview the President for Trinity Broadcasting Network where he discussed the current events that have affected the nation during the past few weeks, including the shooting in Vegas and Hurricane Maria’s catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico. The President claimed that although these events were terrible, he saw them as an opportunity to help people and to feel good about doing so.
In regards to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Trump said they received nothing but praise from the governor and most of the mayors for the work that has been done. Huckabee supported by saying that they claimed to have never ‘seen that level of response by the federal government.’
“Almost everybody, other than, we have the mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico… she was the lone voice that we saw, and of course that’s the only voice the media wanted to talk to,” said the President. “This juxtaposed against some of the media trying to say that you weren’t attentive, but the people on the ground, the ones who were actually in the middle, thought your response was actually pitch perfect, is that frustrating to you?” asked Huckabee. Trump’s responded with, “It’s fake news, there’s nothing else you could say about it.”
Trump then went on to discuss his experience while visiting Puerto Rico and defended his act of paper-towel-throwing. “We did a great job, and we weren’t treated fairly by the media, cause we really did a good job, one example, they had these beautiful, soft towels, very good towels. And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people. And they were screaming and they were loving everything. And we were— I was having fun, they were having fun. They said, ‘Throw 'em to me! Throw 'em to me, Mr. President!’ So next day they said, ‘Oh, it was so disrespectful to the people.’ It was just a made-up thing. And also when I walked in, the cheering was incredible,” recounted Trump. "You were a rock star!" Huckabee reassured him.
Trump took to Twitter to express his disappointment for the lack of praise he has received, supporting his tweet with a video showing the work being done by the federal government.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017