In a largely free-wheeling interview with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee that aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network last night, President Donald Trump touched on his much-derided tossing of paper towels at hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico last week. And, naturally, he saw things differently than those ripping him.
While critics had stated that the imagery shows how out of touch Trump is when it comes to this humanitarian crisis, Trump told Huckabee that this was another example of the media not treating him “fairly.” Saying that his administration has done a “great job” in Puerto Rico, he then provided this observation on the paper towel lobs:
“They had these beautiful, soft towels. Very good towels. And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people. And they were screaming and they were loving everything. I was having fun, they were having fun. They said, ‘Throw ’em to me! Throw ’em to me, Mr. President!’ And so I’m doing [imitates basketball-shooting motion] — so the next day they said ‘Oh it was so disrespectful to the people.’ It was just a made-up thing. And also when I walked in, the cheering was incredible.”
Following Trump’s Puerto Rican trip, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz described Trump’s actions as “terrible and abominable.”
Watch the entire interview above, via TBN (relevant part starts around 6:00).
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