President Trump continued his tour of North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the damage from Hurricane Florence, stopping by New Bern, NC to speak to local residents.
According to a White House pool report, Trump joked about the extent of the damage one homeowner suffered after seeing a boat washed up on his property.
“Is this your boat?” Trump asked the homeowner, described as “an older man” by the pool report.
The man told the president that the boat was not his.
Trump to a homeowner in New Bern, NC, who had a yacht wash up in his backyard: “At least you got a nice boat out of the deal.” pic.twitter.com/twtT3it8ul
— Mark Landler (@MarkLandler) September 19, 2018
“At least you got a nice boat out of the deal,” Trump told the man, according to New York Times White House correspondent Mark Landler.
— Lauren Horsch (@LaurenHorsch) September 19, 2018
Hours earlier, Trump told a storm victim to “have a good time.”
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle could be heard reacting to the comment carried live on the network.
“I think he just said have a good time!” Ruhle repeated, appearing surprised by the president’s remark.
MSNBC host gasps after Trump tells Hurricane Florence victim to ‘have a good time’ pic.twitter.com/EfviUOqXKY
— TheGailyGrind (@thegailygrind) September 19, 2018
Trump made a similar remark when he surveyed damage in Puerto Rico last year after Hurricane Maria ravaged the U.S. territory.
“Have a good time,” Trump told a Puerto Rican family.
During a stop at Calvary Chapel in San Juan, the president passed out food to residents before launching rolls of paper towels into the crowd at a relief center.
When Trump traveled to Texas in 2017 to survey damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, the president took a break from handing out meals to hurricane victims to tell reporters his hands were “too big” for the sanitary plastic gloves.
As he puts on plastic gloves to serve food at NRG Stadium…President Trump turns to press and says: "My hands are too big!" pic.twitter.com/WIUTLOS4XD
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) September 2, 2017
Leaving the shelter, Trump told the survivors and gathered reporters to “have a good time.”
"Have a good time, everybody" – Trump in Houston just now pic.twitter.com/pAk240vnMO
— Dave Dameshek (@Dameshek) September 2, 2017