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Trump says Rick Scott seems to have Zika 'under control'



Donald Trump does not appear to have a strong grasp of the Zika virus threat in Florida, telling a CBS affiliate that Gov. Rick Scott "probably already" has it under control.

CBS12 in West Palm Beach asked Trump how he would be fighting it if he were in the Oval Office now.

“First of all, you have a great governor who’s doing a fantastic job, Rick Scott, on the Zika. And it’s a problem, it’s a big problem," Trump said. "But I watch and I see and I see what they’re doing with the spraying and everything else. And I think he’s doing a fantastic job. And he’s lettering everyone know exactly what the problem is and how to get rid of it. He’s going to have it under control. He probably already does."

Asked if an emergency session of Congress is necessary, something Florida Republicans and Democrats have called for, Trump said: "I would say that it’s up to Rick Scott. It depends on what he’s looking to do because really seems to have it under control in Florida.”

[Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2016 12:21am]


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