On Saturday, as President Donald Trump took a tour of the damage of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, he paid a compliment to the U.S. Coast Guard while taking a left-handed jab at the media.
According to The Hill, the president said, “I hear the Coast Guard saved 11,000 people” to a crowd of Coast Guard and other first responders at Houston’s Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base.
“Think of it, almost 11,000 people by going into winds that the media would not go into,” Trump went on before gesturing toward the assembled media personnel covering the event.
“They will not go into those winds, unless it’s a really good story,” he said, not letting the fact that he was purportedly on a relief mission get in the way of a chance to address a petty gripe or perceived slight.
Huffington Post’s Andy Campbell — who flew with a Coast Guard rescue unit on a mission to save 33 critically ill children — responded, “We were literally on the helicopter with them.”
He went on, “Meanwhile, my colleague was on a boat putting down his recorder and rescuing dozens of people,” and then, “My other colleague was helping take supplies to a domestic violence shelter in need.”