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Trump feels betrayed by Florida Republican who didn’t go along with his Hurricane Maria conspiracy theory: report

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President Donald Trump is livid with the Florida Republican Party’s gubernatorial nominee with less than fifty days before the crucial midterm elections, Politico reported Tuesday.

President Trump reportedly feels betrayed with Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for not going along with the commander-in-chief’s widely debunked conspiracy theory on the number of hurricane fatalities in Puerto Rico.

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The morning of September 13, Trump took to Twitter to attack the official Puerto Rico estimate that 2,975 people in the disaster. That number substantially exceeds the fatality estimates for Hurricane Katrina. The official number of victims killed on 9/11 is 2,977.

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After Trump started his conspiracy theory, Rep. DeSantis distanced himself the White House’s position.

“Ron DeSantis is committed to standing with the Puerto Rican community, especially after such a tragic loss of life. He doesn’t believe any loss of life has been inflated,” the DeSantis campaign said.

Trump, who campaigned for DeSantis during the primary campaign, apparently saw the comments.

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“The president has told close associates in recent days that he views DeSantis — who won his Aug. 28 GOP primary thanks to Trump’s strong support — as profoundly disloyal for distancing himself from the president’s assertion that the Hurricane Maria death toll was inflated by Democrats for political purposes,” Politico explained.

“DeSantis’s reaction, however, particularly piqued the president. Trump views the former congressman as politically indebted to him, people familiar with the president’s thinking say, because he believes DeSantis owes his electoral success to him,” Politico continued.

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A person close to Trump described the fallout as a “divorce.”

Rep. DeSantis, the GOP gubernatorial nominee, was not the only Sunshine State Republican to dispute President Trump’s conspiracy theory.

Gov. Rick Scott, who is the Republican Party nominee for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), also refused to go along with the commander-in-chief’s conspiracy theory.

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