Photos posted on the White House's Flickr site reveal that Trump did receive the correct briefing on Thursday from acting NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs, in which the National Hurricane Center's forecast called for Dorian to hit Florida. The map he displayed included what appeared to be a hand-drawn half-circle that extended the cone of uncertainty over a swath of Alabama.
The National Hurricane Centre did not include Alabama in its forecast, and some observers pointed out on Wednesday that Trump's altered map may have violated the law.
At a press conference later in the day to address a plan to curb opioid addiction, Trump defended his comments on Alabama, but added "I don't know, I don't know, I don't know", when asked if the weather chart had been altered with a Sharpie.
"We certainly got lucky in Florida", he said.
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'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.
According to Mersereau, citing a US statute, "It is a violation of federal law to falsify a National Weather Service forecast and pass it off as official, as President Trump did here". "Actually we have a better map than that which is gonna be presented where we had many lines going directly - many models, each line being a model, and they were going directly through, and in all cases Alabama was hit, if not lightly, in some places pretty hard". "I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure that localities and communities have the appropriate level of assistance, and to coordinate the Commonwealth's response to any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian".
The National Weather Service's division in Birmingham, Alabama, also rebutted Trump. "The system will remain too far east", the branch tweeted. Trump nonetheless said his warning had been accurate.
Alabama is going to get a piece of it, it looks like.
He seized on remarks by ABC News' White House correspondent Jon Karl, who noted the president had "misstated the storm's possible trajectory". "The original path was through Florida". But Trump apparently wanted to show everyone an old image, not to serve any public interest, but because he's still concerned about the pushback he received from his wrong tweet several days ago. "They actually gave that a 95% chance probability".