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

Trump Continues to Blame Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria

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The Atlantic: “Making his first appearance in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico since Maria’s landfall, President Trump … suggested Maria was not a “real catastrophe,” made an odd and misleading comparison to the death toll from Hurricane Katrina, and joked about how the hurricane would affect the federal budget.”

“‘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 and what is your death count? Sixteen people, versus in the thousands,’ Trump said. ‘You can be very proud. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people.'”

“It was a typically strange, disjointed appearance by the president, and it came just days after Trump spent much of the weekend picking fights with the mayor of San Juan and insisting that, against all evidence, the recovery effort had largely responded to Puerto Rico’s needs.”

“Later, after his briefing, Trump visited a church where he tossed toilet paper and paper towels into the crowd, shooting them like basketballs to a crowd.”

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