Donald Trump Claims He's 'Taken Better Care of Puerto Rico Than Any Man Ever' but Puerto Ricans Disagree

President Donald Trump, who said this week that Puerto Rico should not receive another dime in disaster aid, claimed that he had done more for the U.S. territory than "any living human being," on Thursday.

The comments came during a press scrum outside of the White House as Trump prepared to board Marine Force One for a rally in Michigan. "I've taken better care of Puerto Rico than any man ever," said the president. "Puerto Rico has been taken care of better by Donald Trump than by any living human being. I think the people of Puerto Rico understand it. But you do have a mayor of San Juan that frankly doesn't know what she's doing."

A 2018 Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll, however, found that 80 percent of Puerto Rican's would rate Trump's response to Puerto Rico as poor or fair, and just 15 percent of Puerto Rican's rated his response as good, very good or excellent.

According to Republican Senator Marco Rubio, Trump told Republicans at a closed-door meeting Tuesday that funding to rebuild Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria "is way out of proportion to what Texas and Florida and others have gotten."

The comments by Trump came as House Democrats refuse to further a $14 billion disaster relief aid package for southern states without additional funding for Puerto Rico. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer condemned Trump ahead of the Senate vote on the package this week "for continuing to undermine the immediate and long-term recovery efforts in Puerto Rico."

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A contractor helps apply a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tarp to a home damaged by Hurricane Maria, in Puerto Rico. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Appropriations Chairman Patrick Leahy and Schumer sent a letter to a number of White House officials this week claiming that millions in disaster aid approved by Congress for Puerto Rico still remains in the Treasury and has not yet made its way to the island.

On Wednesday, a White House official told NBC News that the president opposed sending funding to the territory because officials had not yet submitted a plan to fix the power grid. But Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said Tuesday that he would soon sign into law a bill with plans to privatize the island's public power authority.

The administration official also said Puerto Rican officials mismanaged the funds they have already received, and implied that they would be using them to get out of debt. The U.S. appointed fiscal board overseeing the island's financial recovery, however, has not said it would use relief money to pay off debt. Any efforts to do so would require approval by Congress.

The president has also repeatedly claimed that Puerto Rico received $91 billion in aid. It is unclear where the president is getting these figures. It is similar to the cost of the damage Puerto Rico has estimated was done by the hurricane, but not to the amount that has been approved in aid by Congress. The Washington Post estimates that about $24.7 billion in aid has been approved. That's similar to the $29 billion in aid Texas received after Hurricane Harvey.

Rosselló responded to the president's closed-door comments by saying of Trump that, "If the bully gets close, I'll punch the bully in the mouth," to CNN.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said on MSNBC that "the president continues to show that he's a bully, he continues to show that he's a racist and he continues to show that he does not get it," she said. "He was embarrassed worldwide by this paper towel throwing incident, by the fact that 3,000 Puerto Ricans have died, and he continues to sentence the Puerto Rican people to an uncertain livelihood."

Cruz responded to Trump's Thursday comments by tweeting, "delusional."

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— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) March 28, 2019

Hurricane Maria killed at least 2,975 people in 2017, it was the deadliest natural disaster in the United States in 100 years.