Trump claims he saw Harvey ‘horror’ firsthand. Reporters disagree.

Donald Trump was safely inside at the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas, far from the flooding and "devastation."
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Donald Trump traveled to Texas on Tuesday to assess the damage and rescue efforts from Hurricane Harvey. But he didn’t actually visit the most storm-ravaged areas in Houston or talk to any storm survivors.

But that didn’t stop the president from talking like he had. 

In a tweet Wednesday morning, he said he had witnessed the “horror & devastation” caused by the storm “first hand.”

Reporters who had covered the presidential trip to Texas were quick to note the president mostly met with officials and visited places like Corpus Christi and Austin. Those cities weren’t as affected like Rockport or Houston, which took the brunt of the storm.

Trump went to a briefing at a Corpus Christi fire station, toured the emergency operations center in Austin, and met with the Texas governor and other emergency officials. No relief shelter visits or viewings of destroyed homes or city streets. Just read the first sentence of this Politicostory: “It was a presidential trip to a deluged state where the president didn’t meet a single storm victim, see an inch of rain or get near a flooded street.”

But Trump did make it to the state of Texas, so for the president that’s close enough.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/30/hurricane-harvey-trump-texas-visit-tweet/

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