Trump shows off doctored hurricane map in apparent attempt to justify his false claim that Dorian would hit Alabama
President Trump isn’t giving up on his claim that Hurricane Dorian was going to hit Alabama.
While addressing reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday, the president pulled out a hurricane forecast map from last week that appeared to have been doctored with a black marker to loop in Alabama in Dorian’s projected path.
“It was going toward the gulf. That was what was originally projected,” Trump said as he held up the conspicuously altered map from Aug. 29.
The bizarre addition to the map appears to have been an attempt by Trump to justify his incorrect Sunday tweet claiming that “in addition to Florida — South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.”
Minutes after Trump’s false post, the National Weather Service’s Birmingham, Ala., office tweeted: “Alabama will T see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.”
“I know that Alabama was in the original forecast, they thought it would get a piece of it. We have a better map...in all cases Alabama was hit, if not lightly in some cases pretty hard,” the president said.