Donald Trump threw paper towels like a basketball to Puerto Ricans

People are lining up for miles to get gas in Puerto

Take your pick of painfully awkward Donald Trump moments in Puerto Rico: Spanking officials for spending too much money on hurricane recovery; praising them for having a death count of 16 or; launching a bunch of paper towels into a crowd.

After delivering the jaw-dropping briefing to reporters, Trump visited a chapel in the town of Guaynabo serving as a distribution centre for emergency supplies. One can not dismiss the severity of the damage in Puerto Rico just because there are 16 official reported deaths as of September 27.

Trump drew global criticism after visiting the island and saying that relief efforts have "thrown our budget a little out of whack", and that the damage wrought by Hurricane Maria didn't compare to a "real catastrophe like Katrina".

Later, the governor said the death toll in Puerto Rico included 19 people who died as a direct result of the storm and 15 whose deaths were caused indirectly by the storm, local media reported.

The former Celebrity Apprentice host and the mayor have been feuding since last week when she criticized the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico.

The hurricane wiped out the island's power grid, and fewer than half of residents have running water.

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Political analysts said that Trump's visit to Puerto Rico was an attempt to show that the federal government is on top of the overwhelming recovery effort, and that 3.4 million American citizens are not forgotten.

"We saved a lot of lives", he said.

"Such poor leadership by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico who are not able to get their workers to help", Trump tweeted.

Ricardo Rossello announced Tuesday that the death toll in the USA territory from Hurricane Maria more than doubled to 34. "What really is nasty is showing your back to the Puerto Rican people". We will help Puerto Rico rebuild from the storm. "You're going to say goodbye to that, I don't know if it's Goldman Sachs but whoever it is you can wave goodbye to that".

The sight of him throwing paper towels to people in the crowd was "terrible and abominable", CNN quoted her, as saying.

Thankfully, Yulín Cruz seems to have had an easier time getting White House staff to understand Puerto Rico's needs, and through them has managed to make some headway in getting the island what it needs to survive.

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