WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- President Donald Trump has earned criticisms about how he handled the inspections he made in North Carolina on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
- During the visit, Trump was drawn by a yacht washed ashore by the flood and into a resident’s backyard.
- Instead of consoling the homeowner, he congratulated him for “getting a nice boat out of the deal.”
As Hurricane Florence’s mortality rate grew to at least 37, President Donald Trump visited North Carolina last Wednesday to assess the damage.
While observing the aftermath of the hurricane in the low-lying neighborhood of New Bern, North Carolina, Trump came across a yacht that had washed ashore into a resident’s backyard.
Trump asked the homeowner “Is this your boat? Or . . . did it become your boat?’ The man replied that it was not his boat. Subsequently, Trump said with a smile, “At least you got a nice boat out of the deal.”
Trump persistently inquire regarding the boat, asking a group of reporters, locals and handlers, “That boat is wiped out, or not?” and jokingly said, “Wouldn’t want to cross the ocean in it.”
Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas last Friday, displacing thousands of residents and taking at least 37 lives. Over 350 people from New Bern had to be saved as storm waters flooded the community.
Later on Wednesday, a reporter solicited Trumps thought on what he had observed in New Bern.
“I think it’s incredible, I think it’s incredible. To see what we’re seeing — this boat, I don’t know what happened, but this boat just came here. And do you know whose boat that is?” Trump said, according to pool reports.
“No one knows who owned the boat. What’s the law? Maybe it becomes theirs,” he added referring to the man he’d met earlier.
With these insensitive remarks, the President is now dealing with social media bashing, which some have called compassionless.
This isn’t the only time Trump has been criticized for tactless response to a natural disaster.
After Hurricane Maria wrecked Puerto Rico, President Trump unethically came embattled for tossing paper towel rolls to a group of survivors. Just now, Trump has encountered backfire regarding his repeated denials about the recognized death toll from Maria.