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President Trump Tells Puerto Ricans That Their Tragedy Wasn't As Bad As Hurricane Katrina

President Trump Tells Puerto Ricans That Their Tragedy Wasn't As Bad As Hurricane Katrina
Updated 8 months ago

Trump traveled to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico to apparently compare their plight with that of Hurricane Katrina. He said in a televised meeting with officials:

 "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 has ever seen anything like this."  

He then turned to Puerto Rican governor, Ricardo Rosselló  and asked, "What's your death count?"

 "Sixteen, certified," Rosselló answered. 

This number of deaths seemed to please Trump, as he went on to compare death tolls with Katrina.

 "Sixteen people certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people, 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 been taking place in Puerto Rico." 

It might not be such a great idea to compare tragedies while sitting right in front of the people suffering. 

Comparing the death toll of Hurricane Maria to Hurricane Katrina wasn't Trump's only message. He also wanted to let the people of Puerto Rico know that the Federal government has had to spend a lot of money on them.

 "Now, I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you're throwing our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that's fine. We've saved a lot of lives." 

Is he trying to make people feel worse?

Trump then went on to give a bizarre acceptance speech better suited for the Academy Awards where he profusely  thanked his staff and showered them with praise.

 "You know, and I don't even have to mention the Marines because we have Gen. Kelly. Where's Gen. Kelly? Where is our Gen. Kelly? He likes to keep a low profile — look at him sitting in the back — but boy, is he watching. You have no idea how he is. So Gen. Kelly is a four-star. Not a bad general, right? You don't get any better than Gen. Kelly. But on behalf of the Marines, they have done some job, general.
I want to thank you and thank Elaine. Elaine, thank you very much. Fantastic acting secretary. Elaine Duke has been incredible. Tom Bossert is here someplace. Tom, great job. Great job.
And to all of my people... and I have to say Gen. Buchanan, got here a few days ago. And there's no doubt about it, you’re a general. There’s a reason you’re a general, right?”

 Trump continued to then lavish praise on Linda McMahon, administrator of the Small Business Administration. 

"She has done an incredible job — built a great company with her husband, Vince McMahon (World Wrestling Entertainment) and I wanted her so badly for this position because there's nobody that knows how to build a company like those. And let me tell you like this woman — she has been amazing in business and now she's doing an incredible job as the administrator." 

Someone cue the music and get this guy off stage!