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Trump was baffled and disgusted by water purification in Puerto Rico

President Trump's whirlwind visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday resulted in gaffes such as Trump telling a homeowner without electricity to "have a good time" and pretending to shoot hoops with paper towel rolls.

Perhaps most of all, Trump was baffled by aid work in the U.S. territory. "Flashlights. You don't need 'em anymore," he told a crowd in a chapel, despite the fact that 95 percent of the island is still without power. He was particularly bewildered by water purification techniques, which are essential to islanders' survival due to the fact that many parts of Puerto Rico remain without drinkable water:

"Yes, she'd drink it, because it's the only water she has," Stephen Colbert quipped on The Late Show. "Just like she's only talking to you because you're the only president we got." Read the full report at The Washington Post, and read Paul Waldman on what it's like to have a president "utterly devoid of empathy" here at The Week.