Watch Puerto Rican Lawmaker Slam Trump's Behavior on Island as 'Sad' and 'Disgraceful'
"What's the life of a human being worth? It's priceless. And that is something, I think, this president is just never going to understand."
President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday morning about the negative coverage his "disgusting and tone deaf" visit to Puerto Rico has received, but it was Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Il.) who on Tuesday night was unequivocal that the behavior of the president—witnessed by millions on television—was nothing but a disgrace.
"Wow, so many Fake News stories today," Trump tweeted. "No matter what I do or say, they will not write or speak truth. The Fake News Media is out of control!"
But Gutierrez—born in Puerto Rico and a member of the U.S. Congress, not the news media—said during an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes that the president's behavior—including tossing paper towel rolls into a crowd at a relief station—was deplorable.
"How sad, how disgraceful," Gutierrez said when asked to respond to Trump's behavior and comment during the visit, "that when people are suffering so greatly—when there is such pain and anguish and fear about what the future presents to millions of American citizens on that island—that he would act with such folly and silliness."
He further excoriating Trump for bringing up at a press conference that the island's recovery was costing "alot of money" for the U.S. government. "What's the life of a human being worth?" asked Gutierrez. "It's priceless. And that is something, I think, this president is just never going to understand."