DONALD Trump has been accused of editing a map of Hurricane Dorian’s projected path to include the state of Alabama — which was never in harm’s way.
In a White House video the President points to an official weather showing the states that could be hit in what the National Hurricane Centre calls the “cone of uncertainty”.
But a curved line has clearly been added to the cone on the chart to show a risk that Hurricane Dorian could move from Florida to Alabama.
A sharpie pen was also spotted on Trump’s desk — sparking claims he used it to alter the map to back up
When reporters later asked Trump whether the chart had been drawn on with the pen, the President said: “I don’t know; I don’t know.”
Earlier, in the video he said: “It was going to hit not only Florida, but Georgia, it could have, it was going towards the Gulf, that was what we, what was originally projected.”
Yet Dorian was never projected to be heading toward the Gulf of Mexico, where Alabama has a coastline.
This came after Trump tweeted at the weekend that Alabama as one of the states that could be hit.
The National Weather Service denied that in its own tweet 20 minutes later.
It said: “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.”
‘I WAS RIGHT’
Then on Monday ABC News’ White House correspondent Jon Karl said the President had “misstated the storm’s possible trajectory”.
Furious at this, Trump tweeted: “Such a phony hurricane report by lightweight reporter @jonkarl of @ABCWorldNews.
“I suggested yesterday at FEMA that, along with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, even Alabama could possibly come into play, which WAS true.”
Then last night Trump cited the original forecasts to argue that he was right all along.
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According to AP news agency, forecasts from last Friday indicated that a small strip of Alabama might be affected by Dorian.
However, by Saturday morning meteorologists were no longer predicting the southern state would be in the hurricane’s path.
Hurricane Dorian hit the east coast of Florida after devastating the Bahamas[/caption]
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