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Trump Doubles Down on Alabama Controversy

He says state was in the crosshairs and the media is unfairly going after him
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2019 11:52 AM CDT
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President Trump talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – The controversy over Alabama and Hurricane Dorian is going to live at least another day. President Trump tweeted about the subject three times Thursday morning, reiterating his claims that the state was in the crosshairs of Dorian in early forecasts and that the media is showing its bias by criticizing him over the matter. "Alabama was going to be hit or grazed, and then Hurricane Dorian took a different path (up along the East Coast)," he wrote in one of them. "The Fake News knows this very well. That’s why they’re the Fake News!" The AP has this recap: Forecasts overnight Friday did indeed show a "tiny bit of Alabama" inside the National Hurricane Center's "cone of uncertainty," but the state was completely in the clear by Saturday morning. Trump, however, issued two separate warnings about Alabama a full day later, on Sunday.

After his public statements Sunday, the NHS publicly clarified that Alabama faced no threat at all from Dorian. When journalists questioned Trump about his out-of-date warnings, he bristled. And on Wednesday, things got worse when Trump held up a map showing Dorian's path—and it appeared that someone had hand-drawn a circle on it to include Alabama. Critics including late-night hosts Trevor Noah (here) and Stephen Colbert (here) had a field day with that, notes Deadline. "Did Trump think he could change the path of the hurricane with a Sharpie and we wouldn’t notice?" asks a tweet from Noah's show. But "what I said was accurate!" insisted Trump Thursday. "All Fake News in order to demean!" (Read more President Trump stories.)

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