JM Rieger+ Your Authors @RiegerReport Video Editor, The Washington Post • [email protected] Sep. 04, 2019 2 min read + Your Authors

Trump appears to show Sharpie-altered hurricane map 

REPORTER: That map you showed us today, it looked like it almost had like a Sharpie on it.

TRUMP: I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.

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NEW via @ToluseO & @jdawsey1:

“It was Trump who used a black Sharpie to mark up an official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map, which he displayed during an Oval Office briefing on Wednesday, according to a White House official” 

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"Nearly a week before the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly backed President Trump over its own scientists, a top NOAA official warned its staff against contradicting the president.” 

The note came after the National Weather Service office in Birmingham contradicted Trump by tweeting Alabama would not be impacted.

"The office sent the tweet after receiving a flurry of phone calls from concerned residents following Trump’s message.” 

NOAA’s acting chief scientist said in an email to colleagues Sunday that he is investigating whether the agency’s response to Trump’s Dorian tweets violated NOAA policies and ethics, calling NOAA’s response a “danger to public health and safety.” 

NYT - Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama. class='tco-ellipsis'> 

NYT - The Commerce Department’s inspector general is now investigating NOAA’s Friday statement disavowing the National Weather Service’s position that Alabama was not at risk of Hurricane Dorian.

Employees have been asked to preserve their files. 

Weather Service Chief Lauds Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump 

NYT - Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to have NOAA publicly disavow the weather forecasters’ position that Alabama was not at risk of Hurricane Dorian. 

REPORTER: Did you tell your chief of staff to have NOAA disavow those forecasters who said that Alabama was not in the path of the storm?

TRUMP: No, I never did that.

Sr. White House officials tell WaPo that Trump told his staff that NOAA needed to correct a tweet that seemed to contradict his statement that Hurricane Dorian posed a significant threat to Alabama.

This led Mick Mulvaney to call Wilbur Ross to fix it. 

WSJ confirms WaPo and NYT reporting:

Mick Mulvaney asked Wilbur Ross to have NOAA walk back a tweet that contradicted Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama. 

In all-staff email, NOAA chief praises scientists after agency’s defense of incorrect Trump tweet 

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