The island does have a governor, Kenneth Mapp, whom Trump met with earlier this month.
"And I left Texas, and I left Florida, and I left Louisiana, and I went to Puerto Rico", Trump stated. We are one nation and we all hurt together, we hope together and we heal together. "The Virgin Islands and the President of the Virgin Islands, these are people that are incredible people", Trump said before a gathered crowd.
In the official transcript, the White House has crossed out the president's comment that he met with the president of the Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands were hit by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria 12 days apart. He wrote that both Virgin Island hospitals, school, fire and police stations have been destroyed.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry suffered a similar gaffe on Thursday when he mistakenly referred to Puerto Rico, a USA territory, as a country during a House Energy and Commerce hearing. The House approved a $36.5 billion in emergency disaster relief to the deadly weather events in Florida, Texas, California, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. First and foremost, it's worth pointing out the fact that Trump felt comfortable being the keynote at an event that focused on LGBTQ+ people being a health hazard to Americans and that according to reports, Trump could barely manage to correctly say the name of the event he supposedly considered a "gathering of friends", several times spitting out "Value Voters Summit" instead. He also did not seem to know where Puerto Rico is, describing it to reporters as "an island sitting in the middle of an ocean - and it's a big ocean, a really, really big ocean".
It's not really any wonder that 52% of people feel that Trump "doesn't care about the problems facing Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria".