Trump claims Hurricane Maria not a «real catastrophe» for Puerto Rico as only 16 died

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Donald Trump leaves the White House for Puerto RicoUPI/Barcroft

Donald Trump speaks as he renounces the White House for Puerto Rico

The US President played down the sternness of Hurricane Maria during a speech at a meeting today with military and particular leaders in Carolina, Puerto Rico, in his first visit to the island after the besiege.

He said: «Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe take a shine to Katrina, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that dissolved and you look at what happened here with a story that was unbiased totally overpowering.”

He then asked Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello: “What is your extermination count?”

Mr. Rossello replied: “Sixteen, certified.”

Donald Trump speaks to military and officialsAFP

Donald Trump symbolizes to military and officials

Trump speaks to Puerto Rico Governor, Ricardo RosselloAFP

Trump speaks to Puerto Rico Governor, Ricardo Rossello

President Trump and wife Melania in Carolina, PRAFP

President Trump and trouble Melania in Carolina, PR

President Trump addressed military and officialsAFP

President Trump addressed military and officials

Every destruction 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 human being that died…

Donald Trump

President Trump then suggested: “Sixteen people certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands.”

He added: “You can be Dialect right proud of all of your people and all our people working together. Sixteen versus closely thousands of people. You can be very proud. 

“Everyone around this submit and everybody watching can really be very proud of what’s been prepossessing place in Puerto Rico.”

Trump also materialized concerned but irritated by the financial cost of the disaster in Puerto Rico.

He held: «I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you are throwing our budget out of whack,» rather than adding: «We spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico and that’s fine, we saved a lot of lives.»

The US President has faced incriminations of a lacklustre response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

During his seize he will have to navigate resentment from Puerto Ricans discouraged they are still struggling with basic necessities a fortnight after they were hit by the grim hurricane in 90-years.

The US President met those affected by the disasterGetty

The US President met those affected by the disaster

The First Lady also met victimsGetty

The Victory Lady also met victims

The economy of the US territory, home to 3.4million people, was already in dip, with its government filing for bankruptcy in May.

The storm wiped out the island’s power grid, and not enough than half of residents have running water.

Two weeks on, it is silent difficult for residents to get mobile phone signal or find fuel for their generators or heaps as about 88 per cent of the mobile phone sites are still out of putting into play.

Puerto Ricans have been relying on each to other allocation resources and information about which gas stations have fuel or where they could be timely enough to find a phone carrier with a working mobile put. 

The President and First Lady arrived in Puerto Rico todayGetty

The President and Anything else Lady arrived in Puerto Rico today

The President met Puerto Rican victims of Hurricane MariaGetty

The President met Puerto Rican schnooks of Hurricane Maria

Islanders were already struggling but tensions were exacerbated when President Trump objurgated critics of his government’s response.

He lashed out at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz for “necessitous leadership” on the weekend after she criticised the federal response.

The real-estate mandarin said some people on the island “want everything to be done for them”.

The key’s recovery from the devastation is likely to cost more than $30billion (£22.7bn). 

Congressional commencements have said President Trump is preparing to ask Congress for $13bn (£9.8bn) in aid for rooms recently hit by natural disasters such as Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas.

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