President Donald Trump on Tuesday seemed pleased with the response of Puerto Rican officials to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria — save for one exception.
After praising officials in his administration, including Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, Trump took a shot at Puerto Rico with an odd quip about budget setbacks due to the relief efforts there.
“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that’s fine,” Trump said. “We saved a lot of lives.”
Meanwhile, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left Florida and Texas with an estimated $290 billion in damages, but neither state received the same admonition. Meanwhile, taxpayers have been forced to spend several hundred thousand dollars protecting the Trump children during ski vacations.
Trump didn’t do this budget finger-wagging at traditionally white-majority states, just a brown-majority territory.
— Booodak Yellow? (@BroderickGreer) October 3, 2017
Trump tells Puerto Ricans, "You have thrown our budget a little out of whack."
-He never said it to TX, FL
-TX gov wants up to $180 B
— Jackie Calmes (@jackiekcalmes) October 3, 2017
Trump in Puerto Rico: “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack.” (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/ijueXFNAM0
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 3, 2017
Trump also felt it was appropriate to compare the “death count” of Maria — 16 so far — with that of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which led to the loss of at least 1,833 lives. In doing so, he minimized Puerto Rico’s suffering by calling Katrina a “real catastrophe” and saying that Puerto Rican officials should be “very proud” of their lower death toll.