President Donald Trump’s decision to throw out paper towels to the crowd during his trip to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico isn’t sitting well with some of the island’s residents.
In a New Yorker article on hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico, resident Carlos J. Soto Lopez and his daughter, Katiria, attacked the president for his widely criticized response to helping Puerto Rico recover from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria.
“I heard he threw out some paper napkins and left an hour earlier than was scheduled,” said the 17-year-old Katiria. “And that he didn’t leave the San Juan metropolitan area, which wasn’t affected by Maria.”
Her father was even more emphatic in his denunciations of the president’s relief efforts.
“All he brought to Puerto Rico were those napkins,” he said. “And you know what everyone’s wondering? What we’re expected to wipe with them: our asses, or our tears.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, FEMA reported that only 16% of Puerto Ricans had access to electricity, while 37% of Puerto Ricans still lacked access to drinking water. Hurricane Maria first made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, and President Trump first visited the island on October 4.
Trump on Monday complained that he wasn’t getting enough credit for doing “so much work” to help Puerto Rico.