White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders this week defended President Donald Trump’s false claim that he had visited Hurricane Harvey disaster areas and had seen the devastation “firsthand.”
The Washington Post pointed out on Thursday that Trump had been criticized for asserting that he had personally witnessed disaster areas.
After witnessing first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey,my heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2017
But some reporters called out Trump, noting that he had not witnessed any “horror or devastation first hand.”
Sanders responded to the controversy with her own definition of “firsthand.”
“He met with a number of state and local officials who are eating, sleeping, breathing the Harvey disaster,” she said in defense of the president. “He talked extensively with the governor, who certainly is right in the midst of every bit of this, as well as the mayors from several of the local towns that were hit hardest. And detailed briefing information throughout the day yesterday talking to a lot of the people on the ground.”
“That certainly is a firsthand account,” she added.