Usually when a President speaks, his words are deliberate, well thought out, and chosen not on a whim. When President Trump speaks, the opposite is usually true. Whether you view this as a positive trait or a negative one, his comments today while visiting the devastated US territory of Puerto Rico, may in fact be among his most ignorant and embarrassing to date.
While visiting the Luis Muniz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico, the President addressed military and local leaders, providing comments regarding Hurricane Maria’s devastation in an off the cuff manner.
“I hate to tell you Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack,” Trump said to begin with.
He then went on to minimize the horror seen in Puerto Rico by comparing it to one of America’s deadliest natural disaster in modern history, Hurricane Katrina.
“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 a story that was just totally overpowering,” Trump stated, before asking the Puerto Rican governor, Ricardo Rossello, what the death toll was.
When Rossello replied “Sixteen, certified,” Trump continued, “Sixteen people certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands,” referencing Katrina’s death toll.
“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. Everyone around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what’s been taking place in Puerto Rico,” Trump continued.
If these comments are not ignorant enough for you, the President also claimed that the Hurricane was a “category 5 which few people have ever heard.”
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