Donald Trump finally visited Puerto Rico, weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, and it didn't go so well in the eyes of many detractors working in Hollywood and beyond.
MSNBC star Joe Scarborough said Trump sounded "completely ignorant of the situation," while CNN's John King criticized Trump for hosting "a love fest for him and his team," since he complimented the U.S. response to the natural disaster on multiple occasions. Actor and activist George Takei of "Star Trek" fame advised the president to "just stop talking."
Outrage over "Trump in Puerto Rico" poured onto Twitter Tuesday as the phrase became one of the top trends on the social media platform, after Hollywood stars, media personalities and citizens were bewildered by Trump's statements on the matter, starting with him comparing Maria to Hurricane Katrina, which crippled New Orleans in 2005.
"Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous -- hundreds and hundreds of people that died -- and you look at what happened here with, really, a storm that was just totally overpowering ... no one has ever seen anything like this," he said. "16 people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people and all of our people working together."
After suggesting that Puerto Rico is facing isn't "a real catastrophe" (but then immediately contradicting himself in the next breath), he dropped this awkward, uh, joke of sorts.
"I hate to tell you Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack," Trump said. "Because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico and that's fine, we've saved a lot of lives."
Last, but not least, footage surfaced of Trump tossing paper towels into the crowd and telling them to "have a good time," while according to CNN, more than half of the island's residents (roughly 3.5 million) still don't have access to safe water and most of the island remains without power.