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Trump knocks 'fake' news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico

President Trump early Wednesday criticized some of the news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico, calling it "fake."

"A great day in Puerto Rico yesterday," he tweeted. "While some of the news coverage is Fake, most showed great warmth and friendship."

Trump promoted his administration's response during his visit to the hurricane-ravaged island on Tuesday.

During his trip, he pointed to the relatively small death toll on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria compared to a "real catastrophe like Katrina."

"Sixteen versus literally thousands of people," Trump said. "You can be very proud."

Trump also joked that disaster aid for Puerto Rico was breaking the federal budget and tossed rolls of paper towels to a crowd at a church.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in response to Trump's budget comments demanded that the president "stop blaming Puerto Rico for the storm that devastated their shores."

"Yes, we're spending money in Puerto Rico," Schumer said from the Senate floor. "We're spending money to turn the power back on. To give people drinking water. And to keep life support machines working in the hospitals. And that's what we do in America. ... And Puerto Rico should be just the same."

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