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President Donald Trump has finally made landfall in Puerto Rico to assess the carnage left by Hurricane Maria, and to dole out his sympathy and support to the island's suffering residents.
Trump has sustained waves of ridicule over what many believe has been a painfully weak response in aiding the survivors of the deadly storm.
According to the White House, response has not been weak but hard to manage due to Puerto Rico's geography. The public response:
The residents of the island have been without basic necessities such as clean water, power and fresh food. BUT, never fear '45 is here!
Upon their arrival POTUS and FLOTUS --again, dressed to the nines--greeted and hugged everyone in their path amidst extensive media coverage. Later in the day, photos from the voyage emerged online showing the "gifts" the president presented survivors.
Once the footage of Trump giving away paper towels like Oprah during her 'Favorite Things' special emerged, social media ran with it as if it were an early Christmas present for themselves.
However, not all reactions were in jest.
So basically Trump went to Puerto Rico, told them they blew the budget, said he did great because 16 died, threw paper towels, @ left.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) October 3, 2017
So basically Trump went to Puerto Rico, told them they blew the budget, said he did great because 16 died, threw paper towels, @ left.
Trump cheerfully tossing paper towels to flood victims is something that I find difficult to process. Would love to hear your comments.— carl reiner (@carlreiner) October 3, 2017