"And when I look at those people they are just hating".
Now, Puerto Rico officials are trying to recover from Hurricane Maria since it struck the island almost two weeks ago.
"Every death is frightful, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous - hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody's ever seen anything like this", Trump said, before he asked officials at a meeting with local and federal leadership how many had died since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20, leaving millions without homes and electricity.
Puerto Rico suffered a setback in its attempt to restore electricity to the island when a substation failed early Sunday, leaving some residents of the capital without power and renewing political bickering, NBC News reported.
Trump also said he had been treated unfairly by the media over relief efforts and said his response compared to that of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
As Trump administration officials-and President Donald Trump himself-continue to speak glowingly about ongoing recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, took to Twitter early Sunday to slam the US government for painting a rosy picture that doesn't comport with the dire facts on the ground in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
"I guess other people have used it, perhaps, over the years, but I've never noticed it", he added.
"You were a rock star", Huckabee said.
"I think one of the greatest of all terms I've come up with is 'fake, '" he said.
Trump visited the US territory Tuesday and praised the "amazing job" being done by federal officials in rushing in supplies and working to restore electricity and power.
After again discrediting the coverage of his trip, Trump lauded himself for the word he most frequently uses to deride the news media.