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Trump shows apparently altered Dorian trajectory map

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Published on September 08, 2019 with No Comments

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The Democratic New York senator’s condemnation came after Defense Secretary Mark Esper began notifying lawmakers that projects will be canceled across their districts.

President Donald Trump showed a map of Hurricane Dorian’s trajectory in the Oval Office that appeared to include an addition showing the storm potentially affecting a large section of Alabama.

Trump claimed the map was the original forecast. However, an image released by the White House didn’t include any impact on Alabama in its forecast.

“That was the original chart, and you see it was going to hit not only Florida but Georgia,” Trump claimed during a briefing, while showing a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map with a black line encircling a portion of Alabama. “It took a right turn. And, ultimately, hopefully we’re going to be lucky. It depends on what happens with South Carolina and North Carolina,” he added.

A White House official said that the graphic wasn’t part of the initial presentation, and that it was behind Trump but the President moved it during the presentation to show how bad Dorian could have been.

Over the course of the storm’s development, Trump has erroneously claimed multiple times that Alabama had been in the storm’s path. The claim got pushback from weather experts, including the Birmingham, Alabama, branch of the National Weather Service. “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east,” the branch tweeted.

 

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