Donald Trump's rudeness in Puerto Rico

Jonathan Ernst  Reuters

Jonathan Ernst Reuters

US President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico to take a look of the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

"He lacks any humanity and is the most graceless president to be in the Oval Office in our history", said host Joe Scarborough, adding later that Trump was "utterly devoid of humanity and grace".

Puerto Rico has a debt of $ 73 billion and this year it went bankrupt.

He told officials that they should be "very proud" that the death toll from the storm was so low, unlike the deaths seen in "a real catastrophe, like (2005's Hurricane) Katrina".

"He was insulting to the people of Puerto Rico", Cruz said, adding that the trip was all just "PR".

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Trump's trip to the US territory of Puerto Rico, normally a fairly routine show of presidential empathy, took on an outsized political meaning.

In the days after the storm, Trump faced criticism for a sluggish response in Puerto Rico compared to the recent storms that smashed the states of Texas and Florida.

"We have delivered food and water, and it hasn't gotten to some people", he said.

The most recent shot came from Cruz, who wore a t-shirt with the word "NASTY" written on it while castigating Trump in a TV interview the day after he visited the US territory.

Cruz denounced the federal government for its sluggish relief efforts and begged for additional aid. Half of the island still doesn't have access to drinking water, and 95 percent of households don't have electricity.

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Surrounded by a sea of cellphone cameras, Trump said, "There's a lot of love in this room", and called those in attendance, "Great people".

Trump also met with the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, whom he had previously lashed out on through Twitter, saying that she had showed poor leadership.

This comes right after what many saw as a horrific visit to Puerto Rico by the President on Tuesday where the executive in chief was throwing rolls of paper towels into the crowd. "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort". There was no exchange with anybody, none of the mayors and in fact, this awful and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people.

"This awful and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions at people, it's really-it does not embody the spirit of the American nation, you know", Mayor Carmen Cruz told MSNBC. You know, they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street.

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