President Trump Feuds With Media Over Path of Hurricane Dorian

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President Trump Feuds With Media Over Path of Hurricane Dorian
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President Trump Feuds With Media Over Path of Hurricane Dorian
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Throughout the week, President Trump battled with the media over claims that Hurricane Dorian could potentially hit Alabama. On Wednesday, the president faced criticism for displaying a map that featured parts of Alabama and the Florida panhandle added to the hurricane’s path with a sharpie marker. In response to the criticism, Trump continued to insist his concerns about the impact on Alabama were well founded.

“I know that Alabama was in the original forecast, they thought they would get it as a piece of it,” the president told reporters when asked about the additional markings on the map. “We had many lines going directly, many models, each line being a model, going directly through, and in all cases, Alabama was hit, if not likely, in some cases, pretty hard.”

The president denied allegations that he altered the map himself. Last weekend, President Trump suggested via Twitter that Hurricane Dorian would likely hit Alabama harder than anticipated. Just 20 minutes later, the National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama, refuted the president’s claims.

“Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian,” the local NWS office tweeted. “We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.”

However, the president isn’t backing down from his claims. “Just as I said, Alabama was originally projected to be hit,” he tweeted on Thursday. “The Fake News denies it!” Several graphics of the hurricane’s original path were included along with the tweet.

President Trump even invited Fox News into the Oval Office on Thursday to discuss the controversy. He displayed images from the National Hurricane Center to further defend his comments. He also exhibited a screenshot from an NBC News report that included Alabama in Dorian’s path.

Taking to Twitter again on Thursday to defend himself, the President retweeted comments from the Alabama National Guard warning that Dorian was projected to hit the state. “I was with you all the way Alabama,” the president wrote. “The Fake News Media was not!”

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