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  Trump accuses Democrats of inflating Puerto Rico death toll
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AuthorMatthew Choi
News DateThursday, September 13, 2018 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPresident Donald Trump on Thursday peddled a conspiracy theory about the official death toll from Hurricane Maria, saying that when he left Puerto Rico last year there were only “6 to 18 deaths," and accused "Democrats" of exaggerating the numbers in order to smear his image.

The tweet comes after Trump praised his administration this week for its response to Hurricane Maria, calling it an "incredible, unsung success" — comments that garnered fierce backlash from Puerto Rican officials and mainland Democrats as insensitive. Though initial estimates for the death toll from the storm and its aftermath hovered at 64, a study released this summer raised the number to nearly 3,000.
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