'You've Thrown Our Budget A Little Out Of Whack': Trump Speaks On Hurricane Relief For Puerto Rico
Donald Trump spoke with officials and local leaders in Puerto Rico’s capital city San Juan on Tuesday about the costs associated with hurricane relief, saying that the efforts had “thrown our budget a little out of whack.”
“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, according to a report from The Hill. “We saved a lot of lives.”
During the meeting, Trump also compared the death count in Puerto Rico to that of Hurricane Katrina. As The Hill reports:
“If you looked — 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 really a storm that was just totally overbearing, nobody has seen anything like this,” Trump said.
“What is your death count as of this morning, 17?” he said.
“Sixteen people certified,” Ricardo Rosselló, governor of Puerto Rico, responded.
“Sixteen people certified versus in the thousands,” Trump said. “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.”
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who criticized Trump’s handling of the hurricane relief last week, was in attendance but Trump reportedly did not mention her during the meeting.