Marie Harf: Trump's Tone on Puerto Rico Needs More Heart
Marie Harf said she thought President Trump's tone on the hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico was not quite in line with reality.
The Fox News contributor said Trump's praise for himself and the administration's response to Hurricane Maria "feels a little at odds with the situation on the ground, where you have upwards of 80 or 90 percent of the people still without power."
President Trump arrived in Puerto Rico on Tuesday to assess the damage and relief efforts on the island.
"In Texas and in Florida, we get an A-plus," Trump said of relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. "And I'll tell you what, I think we've done just as good in Puerto Rico, and it's actually a much tougher situation."
"I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that's fine. We've saved a lot of lives," the president said at a briefing on the island.
"The tone to me is just a little bit off," Harf said on "Outnumbered" on Tuesday.
"I want to see a little more heart and a little more realistic look at what's happening on the island and their plan for fixing it. Not just praise, but plans."
Lisa Boothe pushed back, saying a bulk of the media want this to be President Trump's Hurricane Katrina.