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Trump Visits Puerto Rico And Compares Death Toll To Katrina

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump landed in Puerto Rico to visit citizens struggling for survival on the island after Hurricane Maria. 

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The former businessman addressed the people of the carribean island and failed miserably as he brought up unrelated topics along with an unneeded comparison to Hurricane Katrina. "I hate to tell you Puerto Rico, but you've put our budget out of whack. Because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico and that's fine because we're saving lives," said the 45th President. Though Trump may have meant it in a playful way, when dealing with federal policies and lawmakers jokes should not be on the table. 

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To add insult to injury the former reality star stated: "Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous — hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here, with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody's ever seen anything like this." As he turned to asked, "What is your death count as of this moment? 17?" An official responded with "16 people certified" giving him an indifferent facial expression.  POTUS continued with "16 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 around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico."

During a stop at Calvary Chapel in San Juan, the President of the United States was seen throwing paper towels to a group of islanders. In the video below Trump passed out the items, but followers on social media were not too happy with his actions. "This was his defining "Let them eat cake" moment. #PuertoRico #ImpeachTrumpNow," said one follower. 

 

Later Monday, Governor Ricardo Rossello announced the death toll went from 16 to 34  hours after news conference shortly following Trump's departure. Though the deaths of Katrina overpassed many natural disasters, past Presidents have never compared one to another. See the full press conference below: