Trump is 'very bitter' about being blamed for hurricane deaths -- and he's taking it out on Puerto Rico: report
Donald Trump addresses the Kansas State Republican caucus. (mark reinstein /

A new report from The Daily Beast claims that President Donald Trump is still upset over criticism that his administration botched its disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria struck in 2017.

One senior administration official tells the publication that Trump is "still clearly very bitter and sensitive" about attacks on his administration's efforts to help Puerto Rico, which is why he has been lashing out at the island and claiming it has gotten too much disaster relief.

Trump last year infamously defended his work to help Puerto Rico recover from the hurricane by denying official estimates that thousands of people had died during or in the aftermath of the storm.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico,” Trump falsely claimed. “When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000."

Last week, Trump reportedly ordered that the government stop making disaster relief payments to the island, which prompted Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to threaten to punch the president.