President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE said Wednesday that there were “literally tens of thousands of people” who couldn't gain entry into his recent campaign launch rally in Orlando, Fla., contradicting reports from local media that noted just several dozen people standing outside the event last week.

“I see it all the time — the young people that come. The other day, in Orlando, we had a rally that was unbelievable,” Trump said of his reelection campaign launch rally at Orlando's Amway Center.

“It filled up — we had thousands and thousands of people outside of the Orlando Magic arena, where they play the big basketball games," he added. "The floor was packed. And it was an incredible thing to see.” 

The president made the comments while speaking Wednesday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference.


“And then outside, there were — I mean, literally tens of thousands of people couldn't get in. And then there were thousands that we said, ‘Don't come,’ ” Trump said. “We actually were putting out notices: ‘Please don't come.’  There's something going on. That's a great thing. It's continuing, I think, even stronger than that great November day in 2016. I really believe it's stronger.”

However, local media and footage captured from the event tell a different account as to how many people were standing outside the rally last week.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that photojournalists and reporters noted just several dozen people gathered outside of the president’s campaign launch.

According to the paper, Trump’s campaign launch reached a capacity of 19,792 people, just short of the maximum 20,000 capacity allowed in the venue.

The comment comes several months after Trump caught heat for claiming "35,000 people" attended his rally in El Paso, Texas, back in February. The El Paso Fire Department later denied his claim.