Speaking at a meeting of the
"They did that with one thing in mind: public safety," said Uccellini, who prompted a standing ovation from hundreds of forecasters by asking members of the
Earlier, the president of the 2,100-member association,
Trump has defended his tweet about
Discussing the flurry of social media contacts and phone calls that followed Trump's tweet, Uccellini said
"Only later, when the retweets and politically based comments started coming to their office, did they learn the sources of this information," he said.
An earlier version of this report had an incorrect spelling of