On Tuesday, Late Show host Stephen Colbert called President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Harvey a “disaster,” making the verifiably false claim that the president did not meet a “single” victim in the aftermath of the storm while he visited Texas.
During his introduction Tuesday night — his first show back after a two-week vacation — the outspoken anti-Trump critic read from a Politico story dated August 29, as The Hill noted.
“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,” Colbert said.
“He’s been closer to a flood in a Russian hotel room,” the CBS host added.
However, Colbert’s statement is fake news — he met with many victims of the hurricane, handing out food and supplies.
Colbert’s initially reference came from Trump’s first visit to Texas on August 29, when he visited Corpus Christi, so as to avoid impeding relief efforts in Houston. The president conducted a briefing on the storm at the Annaville Fire Department as hundreds of Texans lined the street, chanting pro-Trump slogans including “Texas Strong!” and “We love Trump!”
The president visited the devastated Houston region four days later, where he met with with Harvey victims and helped to serve meals at the relief center set up at NRG Stadium. Trump met with families affected by the flooding and took selfies and photos with several children inside the relief center.
Here’s the photo evidence that the media never showed:
Here’s a photo with some other Texas locals:
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