During his meeting with officials in Puerto Rico, President Trump brought up the death toll of Hurricane Katrina in order to make a point about how the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria isn’t as bad as previous natural disasters.
After Trump once again brought up the islands’s pre-existing debt, he asked numerous officials at the table to talk about the positive steps the federal government has taken to assist the struggling Puerto Ricans. Trump said that “every death is a horror,” but then he proceeded to say a “real catastrophe like Katrina” involved a lot more death compared to the 16 fatalities confirmed on the island so far.
“Sixteen people certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands,” Trump said. “You can be very proud of all of your people, and all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud, everyone around this table and everyone watching can be very proud of what’s taking place in Puerto Rico.”
Approximately 1,800 people died as a result of Katrina, and estimates suggest the property damage cost $108 billion.
Due to the collapse of infrastructure, lack of communication, and desperate conditions around the island, there is a high probability that Puerto Rico’s death count will increase in the coming days. The Weather Channel previously noted that its been several days since the official count was updated.
Watch above, via CNN.
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