On Wednesday, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that he had personally witnessed disaster areas in the flood-stricken southeastern part of Texas. Of course, that wasn’t true and reporters were quick to point out. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s false claim with some alternative facts of her own.
“After witnessing first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, my heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas!,” Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
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.