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    Backlash After Trump's Comments on Maria Death Toll

    NBC 6's Amanda Plasencia reports on the reaction after President Trump denied the Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018)

    Top Florida Republicans have been quick to say President Donald Trump is wrong about the death toll in Puerto Rico.

    Trump ignited a political firestorm Thursday after tweeting without evidence that "3,000 people did not die" following Hurricane Maria. He called the death toll numbers a plot by Democrats to make him "look as bad as possible."

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he disagreed with the president and that he has seen the "devastation firsthand."

    Ron DeSantis, who won the GOP primary for governor with Trump's endorsement, also said the president is not correct. DeSantis spokesman Stephen Lawson said he did not believe that any loss of life "had been inflated."

    Trump Denies Puerto Rico Death Toll From Hurricane Maria

    [NATL] Trump Denies Puerto Rico Death Toll From Hurricane Maria

    President Donald Trump denied the updated death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria in a pair of tweets, just as Hurricane Florence was slated to make landfall on the U.S. East Coast. Close to 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from the 2017 storm, according to an independent study commissioned by its government. 

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018)

    Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans fled the island after Maria and have relocated to Florida.

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