Donald Trump has hit out at coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico, condemning the media as “fake news” and “out of control”.
The President was on the island US territory in the wake of Hurricane Maria, where 34 people have been reported as dead.
Mr Trump held a rally-type of event during which he praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US military, and other first responders for their efforts after a weekend of slamming the mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz.
It is unclear exactly what aspect of the media’s coverage of the Puerto Rico trip he is criticising.
Ms Yulin Cruz had said the federal government’s response to Hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida was far more than it has been for Puerto Rican residents, who are also American citizens.
In an emotional moment, she also said Acting Director of Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke’s claims that the narrative of relief work being done was a “good news story” was “irresponsible.”
“Maybe from where she’s standing it’s a good news story, but when you’re drinking from a creek, when you don’t have food for a baby, it’s not a good news story,” Ms Yulin Cruz said at the verge of tears on CNN, adding that distribution of aid supplies on the island has been difficult and hampered by bureaucracy.
The president is no stranger to criticising the Fourth Estate, having called several outlets like the New York Times and CNN “fake” on several occasions and Buzzfeed News a “steaming pile of garbage”.