Karl Rove Bashes Trump For ‘Playing Politics’ During Puerto Rico Trip: ‘That Was Unnecessary’

Earlier today, President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Maria and meet with victims and officials on the ground. The trip came on the heels of Trump’s much-criticized tweets about the San Juan mayor and Puerto Ricans in general.

Well, Trump’s visit to the island brought along a whole slew of headlines due to his comments and actions, notably him comparing death counts with Katrina, stating that Puerto Rico was putting the budget out of whack, and his tossing paper towels at hurricane victims. This was not lost on former George W. Bush advisor and Fox News contributor Karl Rove.

Appearing on The Story with Martha MacCallum, Rove pointed out that Trump’s public comments today negatively contrasted with the president’s prepared remarks on the Las Vegas shooting, which he thought were spot on. In this instance, Rove felt the president seemingly stating that Maria isn’t a “real catastrophe” while diminishing the body count was “insensitive.”

The conservative commentator also knocked Trump for being overly sensitive to criticism of the response to the storm and “playing politics” by begging for praise from Puerto Rican officials, such as the governor.

“That was unnecessary,” Rove noted, adding that it would have been better for Trump to compliment the governor on having a closer relationship in the face of the disaster.

MacCallum would point out that they had just been given new information showing the death toll had gone up and is expected to rise over the coming days. Rove would go on to further knock the president over his tweet saying Puerto Ricans want everything done for them, claiming that Trump has a “chip on his shoulder.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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