Trump bemoans ‘fake news’ before Las Vegas visit

Trump bemoans ‘fake news’ before Las Vegas visit

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WASHINGTON — Hours before leaving Washington, D.C. for Las Vegas Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that the “Fake News Media is out of control!”

The tweets followed substantial news coverage of a series of eyebrow-raising remarks Trump made the day prior.

While leaving the White House Tuesday for Puerto Rico, Trump described what happened in Las Vegas as “in many ways, a miracle.”

“Look, we have a tragedy. What happened is, in many ways, a miracle,” Trump said. “I do have to say, how quickly the police department was able to get in was really very much of a miracle. They’ve done an amazing job.”

Once in Puerto Rico, Trump said during a briefing with local and federal officials that Hurricane Maria, which had ravaged the island, had thrown the administration’s budget “out of whack.”

Trump went on to praise Puerto Rico for not having a death toll as high as “a real catastrophe like Katrina.”

“Sixteen versus literally thousands of people,” Trump said, referring to the certified death toll at the time. “You can be very proud. Everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what’s taken place in Puerto Rico.”

After Trump departed, the toll rose to 34.

On Wednesday in Las Vegas, Trump is meeting with survivors, their families, law enforcement personnel and first responders.

A gunman opened fire on a country music festival in the city on Sunday night from the 32nd floor of the Mandala Bay hotel, killing 59 and injuring over 500 others in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

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