This tweet is what set the public off.
It would be fine, but…
There was only one small problem…
…Trump didn’t witness anything “firsthand.”
He didn’t visit any disaster areas, nor did he meet with any hurricane victims.
This tweet was the prevailing opinion.
As for that "firsthand" bit, well…
This was as close as he got to the storm and its damage.
Webster’s defines "firsthand" as…
“obtained by, coming from, or being direct personal observation or experience.”
The White House tried to claim that his meetings with officials were "firsthand," but once again, the administration got hung up on the definition of a word.
People were quick to point out that what his press secretary said:
“He met with a number of local officials who are eating, sleeping, breathing the Harvey disaster. 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 certain is a firsthand account.”
…was all “secondhand” stuff.
And people are VERY mad.