Puerto Rico, Oct 5: Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, US President Donald Trump visited the island on Wednesday to meet the affected people. Hurricane Maria, being described as the worst to have hit the island in the Caribbean in 90 years killed 34 people and rendered dozens homeless.
Trump visited relief camps meeting the survivors and distributed supplies even throwing paper-towel rolls into the crowd. The US President described his tour as ‘great’ but also took the opportunity slammed the media for ‘negative’ coverage.
“A great day in Puerto Rico yesterday. While some of the news coverage is Fake, most showed great warmth and friendship,” Trump tweeted.
“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico,” he said. “And that’s fine. We’ve saved a lot of lives,” he told a gathering.
Well, it may have been a ‘great’ for President Trump by his own standards. His paper-towel tossing act certainly proved that he is no Obama, Bush or Clinton. Images on Twitter and other social media platforms showing previous US Presidents embracing, hugging victims of tragedies in the past were ample evidence to suggest that what the 45th US President lacks.
The mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, described Donald Trump’s visit to the hurricane-hit island as “insulting”. Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz called Trump “miscommunicator-in-chief”.
The sight of him throwing paper towels to people in the crowd was “terrible and abominable”, CNN quoted her, as saying.
Puerto Rico Struggles to Stand Up After Hurricane Maria Mayhem
Donald Trump may have described his Puerto Rico visit as great, but the ground reality presents a different picture. A BBC report said more than 90 per cent of the 3 and a half million people living on the island remain without power and phone communications.
The hurricane wiped out the island’s power grid, and fewer than half of residents have running water.