Apparently, Trump Wanted To Throw Cans Of Chicken At Hurricane Victims

09 October, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One before departing for Puerto Rico Tuesday

It has been two weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, leaving the USA commonwealth on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. 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".

Before the paper towel moment, Trump said officials should be "proud" that Hurricane Maria wasn't "a real catastrophe like Katrina", according to BBC. The White House later announced it would spend $29 billion on recovery efforts in Texas, Florida and, yes, Puerto Rico.

He told islanders they could be "very proud" that more people had not perished in the storm, compared to the toll from "a real catastrophe" like Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Later, the governor said the death toll in Puerto Rico included 19 people who died as a direct result of the storm and 15 whose deaths were caused indirectly by the storm, local media reported.

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In an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday night following Trump's Puerto Rico stop, Cruz slammed the president's visit to the island as a public relations stunt, pointing out that "there was no exchange with anybody, with none of the mayors".

"We have delivered food and water, and it hasn't gotten to some people", he said.

Cruz continued, referencing the T-shirt.

US President Donald Trump is facing widespread criticism for his Puerto Rico trip as he complained about the costs of hurricane damage, belittled the scope of the devastation and tossed paper towels at crowds seeking relief aid.

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The island was recently hit by powerful Hurricane Maria and has been working to restore power and clean water to the territory. "The loss of life, it's always tragic", Trump said. "What really is nasty is showing your back to the Puerto Rican people". You know, they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street.

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

"You know, all I can say is Rex Tillerson, his own Secretary of State called him a moron", said Behar, citing an NBC report both Tillerson and Trump deny.

Trump, who has feuded with the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital over the pace of the relief effort, claimed before leaving that even his critics were acknowledging "what a great job we have done".

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