Sports | October 2, 2017 11:57 am

Trump Dedicates Presidents Cup Trophy to Hurricane Victims Amid Controversy

The president has been heavily criticized for his slow response to humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

An American win at the Presidents Cup golf tournament may have been a welcome distraction for some, following the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. But it didn’t stop President Trump—who’s been roundly criticized for his response time to the latter disaster and has been lobbing tweet-bombs at Puerto Rico and its government all week—from mixing the two.

At the event, Trump dedicated the Presidents Cup trophy to the recent hurricane victims, per The Guardian. “On behalf of all of the people of Texas, and all of the people—if you look today and see what is happening, how horrible it is, but we have it under really great control—Puerto Rico and the people of Florida who have really suffered over this last short period of time with the hurricanes, I want to just remember them,” said the president. He continued: “And we’re going to dedicate this trophy to all of those people that went through so much that we love, a part of our great state, really a part of our great nation.”

The president’s public remarks run in direct counterpoint to his tweets, in which he described San Juan’s female mayor as “nasty,” a complainer, and poor leader.