San Juan Mayor: Trump's comments were 'insulting' to the people of Puerto Rico

The mayor of Puerto Rico's largest city blasted President Trump on Tuesday night following his visit to the U.S. territory, saying he lacked “common courtesy” and calling him the “miscommunicator-in-chief.”

While San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz praised meetings with White House staff, she said Trump missed an opportunity with his visit and criticized the president for comparing the death toll in Puerto Rico to what happened during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


“He minimized our suffering by saying that Katrina was a ‘real disaster,’” Cruz said in an interview Tuesday night on MSNBC, calling the comments “insulting to the people of Puerto Rico.”

Cruz and Trump have been feuding since last weekend, after she criticized the federal government's response to the disaster and he responded by questioning her leadership.

On Tuesday, Trump pointedly did not call on Cruz to ask her for comments as he met with local officials, some of whom praised the federal response. Cruz described that meeting as a "PR, 17-minute event."

Cruz also took issue with some of the more colorful moments of the trip, including when Trump stopped at a church and began throwing rolls of paper towels into the crowd as if he was shooting baskets.

“The terrible and abominable view of him throwing paper towels and throwing provisions of people, it does not embody the spirit of the American nation,” she said.

She also knocked his remark that the Puerto Rico disaster was hitting the federal budget hard, calling the comment “insulting."

Cruz said the meetings with White House staff on Tuesday were productive.

“I really felt that the second part of the meetings today, with the White House staff, were conducive to bridging the gap between the disconnect of what they say is happening … and what really is happening,” she said.