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Trump to Puerto Rico: You've Thrown Budget 'Out of Whack'

'And that's fine,' he says
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2017 12:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – "Every death is a horror," President Trump said Tuesday while meeting with local and federal officials at Muniz Air National Guard Base in Puerto Rico, but other remarks he made weren't quite so heavy. While discussing his administration's response to the devastation on the island, he quipped, "I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that's fine." The AP reports he was referencing the island's $74 billion in debts and decade-old recession.

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CNN notes the president also compared the death toll to that of the much deadlier Hurricane Katrina, telling officials, "You can be very proud ... 16 [dead] versus literally thousands of people." CBS News also notes he had kind words for Puerto Rico's governor—specifically about Ricardo Rossello's own kind words for Trump and the administration's response. "This governor did not play politics," Trump said. "He was saying it like it was, and he was giving us the highest grades." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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