Appearing on MSNBC Saturday morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) praised President Trump’s “tremendous compassion” for disaster victims in Puerto Rico.
When asked about the White House’s hurricane relief efforts, Ryan told host Hugh Hewitt that Trump is doing what he can to avoid “jeopardizing” relief efforts with his visits to affected areas.
“I have talked to him about these things. He has tremendous compassion,” Ryan said.
“He is flying to these emergencies as soon as he can without jeopardizing responses. He is stopping what he’s doing. We have talked about the supplementals, these issues. The people who are suffering from these tragedies are in his mind front and center,” Ryan added.
Trump has come under fire for his remarks and his handling of Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery efforts. On Friday, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda blasted the president for “adding insult to injury” with his visit to the island after a tweet that suggested Puerto Rican leaders aren’t doing enough to help themselves in the recovery.
“I’ve never seen the president attack the victims of a natural disaster,” Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, told MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”
“I’ve never seen a president attack the elected officials on the front line of a disaster,” he said.
“At the same time, it’s jaw-dropping,” continued Miranda. “This has been an unprecedented disaster and it deserves an unprecedented response, or at least commiserate with the two other hurricanes that have also ravaged the United States of America.”
Miranda’s remarks come after Trump attacked the mayor of San Juan on Twitter last weekend, beginning a public feud with the local official that would last several days.
“Such poor leadership ability by the mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help,” Trump tweeted last Saturday.