The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico's largest city, said recents comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to the island were an insult to the people of the island nation.
Carmen Yulin Cruz said Trump lacked “common courtesy” and criticized that the U.S. president for comparing the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to the deaths after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
“He minimized our suffering by saying that Katrina was a ‘real disaster,’” Cruz said to MSNBC, adding that the comments were “insulting to the people of Puerto Rico.”
Trump called Katrina "a real catastrophe" given its "hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died."
Cruz has been the target of attacks from Trump after she criticized the federal government's response on the island, which is a colony of the United States.
"I think his staff understands now and they have all the data they need," Cruz said. "But I would hope that the President of the United States stops spouting out comments that really hurt the people of Puerto Rico because rather than commander in chief he sort of becomes miscommunicator in chief."
Cruz also criticized Trump throwing rolls of paper towels into a crowd of people seeking shelter inside a church after the damage by Hurricane Maria.
“The terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and provisions at people, it does not embody the spirit of the American nation,” she said.