President Trump meets with storm victims in Puerto Rico.
President Trump on Tuesday said that the large cost of Hurricane Maria recovery efforts in Puerto Rico had thrown the federal government's budget "a little out of whack."
"I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that's fine," he said during a visit to San Juan. "We've saved a lot of lives."
Trump also compared the death toll in Puerto Rico after Maria made landfall last month to the number of casualties from Hurricane Katrina after it hit the mainland U.S. in 2005.
"Sixteen versus literally thousands of people," he said of the counts. "You can be very proud. Everybody around this table and everybody watching really can be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico."
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have arrived in Puerto Rico.
President Trump on Tuesday will visit Puerto Rico and survey the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria's recent passage over the U.S. territory.
First lady Melania Trump will accompany her husband on the trek, which comes amid criticism that the federal government has responded to the crisis in Puerto Rico too slowly.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on late Monday said that San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz will attend briefing on response and recovery efforts with the Trumps Tuesday.
Cruz and President Trump publicly sparred last week over one another's handling of Maria, which left many Puerto Ricans struggling to meet their basic needs after it struck the island two weeks ago.