UPDATE: This is getting a little scary, quite frankly. President Trump is now forcing a federal agency to recant a statement so that it doesn’t interfere with Trump’s insistence that Hurricane Dorian once threatened Alabama. As The Hill reports:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a statement Friday evening disavowing a days-old tweet from the National Weather Service that contradictedPresident Trump over the reach of Hurricane Dorian.
The NOAA statement, which was unsigned and posted to the agency’s website on Friday, said that the “Birmingham National Weather Service’s Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”
“From Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama,” the NOAA statement reads.
The tweet from the National Weather Service in Birmingham had said that Alabama would “NOT” be affected by the hurricane, and came after Trump mentioned the state along with several others that he said would be hit by the storm.
We’d make a joke here about 1984, but that’s not even funny anymore.
The actual President of the United States of America cannot stop talking about whether or not Hurricane Dorian was at some point considered to be on a path that could have taken it near Alabama. President Trump began the day with the same rants, then tweeted this out late on Friday afternoon:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2019