Trump’s Comments About Witnessing Harvey ‘Firsthand’ Have Many Outraged

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While President Trump was in Houston for a (surprise, surprise) controversial visit to Houston, he made a statement that raised a few eyebrows.

Now, the White House is doing a little damage control on the matter.

Another day, another controversy.

So, what exactly did he say?

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But that doesn’t mean that the courageous people of Houston are in the clear. Not only does the flooding persist, but the rebuilding effort for the fourth largest American city will be substantial.

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While their spirit is admirable, the effort until now and after has required leadership.

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Doing what many Presidents have done before, Trump visited Texas to (ostensibly) survey the damage.

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Atop a truck in Texas, his appearance seemed to be indicative of some bizarre rally than anything actually useful to the people in need.

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He was boisterous, and little attention was paid to the damage and danger present. But that’s not what upset people the most…

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It would be fine, but…

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…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.

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This was as close as he got to the storm and its damage.

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“obtained by, coming from, or being direct personal observation or experience.”

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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.

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And it’s hard not to feel that way after seeing the sequence of events.

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This seemed by many to be a theme. Discussing the turnout at a rally is probably not the best way to address Hurricane Harvey.

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Namely that of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

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But there’s a job to be done, and many feel that despite the White House’s claims, Trump’s just not doing it.

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The people are giving their help, and ultimately that will make more difference than any politician.

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