President Donald Trump is back it again with more controversial statements that rile up the public. During a press conference, the POTUS compared the death toll of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to the crisis in Puerto Rico, saying officials should be “proud” that the number of casualties wasn’t as high as the storm which shook New Orleans.
He claimed, “every death is horrible, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina,” where hundreds upon hundreds of people lost their lives, it doesn’t seem quite as bad.
However, he did concede that “nobody has ever seen anything like this,” when referring to the number of people who lost their power and homes as the result of Hurricane Maria.
"You have thrown our budget a little out of whack, because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico and that's fine," Pres. Trump says pic.twitter.com/9V4caKaG80
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 3, 2017
Trump seemed pleased that “only sixteen” people passed away due to the Hurricanes in comparison to “thousands” as a consequence of the hurricane in 2005.
He added, “you can be very proud of all of your people, all of our community working together.” In a report from the Washington Post, 1,833 people died during the storm which shook the American city in Louisiana.
Additionally, Trump said he “hates to tell” Puerto Rico, but it cost American taxpayers a lot of money as it threw “our budget a little out of whack.”
The storm in 2005 is known for being particularly disastrous due to levee failure. According to reports, Katrina was the third most powerful hurricane since the storm in 1935 and Hurricane Camille in 1969. Officials estimated that total property damage was around $108 billion which is four times the damage because of Hurricane Andrew in 1992.