Trump throws paper towels at Puerto Rico hurricane survivors

Sarah Carty

Donald Trump threw paper towels into the crowd when he visited Puerto Rico for the first time since Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean island.

The President of the United States helped out at a church on Tuesday, where he stood behind a counter with supplies for survivors of the hurricane.

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However instead of handing the supplies out to the relatively small gathering, Trump decided to toss the paper towels into the congregation instead.

Trump tossed paper towels into the crowd in Puerto Rico. Photo: Getty Images
It was the President's first visit to the island since it was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Photo: Getty Images

One person caught the President on camera taking up the towels and flinging them at the survivors, who looked delighted to be in the presence of Trump.

“There's video of Trump shooting paper towels into the crowd and it does not disappoint,” Caleb Ecarma said on Twitter.

More than three million people have been left without power and medical workers still haven’t been able to reach hundreds.

However in a press conference, Trump seemed more interested in how the disaster has affected the US budget.

"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," he said.

"And that's fine, we've saved a lot of lives."

He could be seen throwing the paper towels like basketballs at the hurricane survivors. Photo: Getty Images

Needless to say, Trump’s flyaway comments angered many on social media.

“Says the man who has cost taxpayers $71,556,561 hitting a little ball around in the grass,” one woman said.

“Trump to Puerto Rico leaders: "You've really thrown our budget out of whack" then brags only 16 died so far. This man has a disconnect!!” another said.

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