On Hurricane Dorian, Trump gave reality a little touch-up

On Hurricane Dorian, Trump gave reality a little touch-up

On Hurricane Dorian, Trump gave reality a little touch-up

No widespread evacuation order is expected in Virginia ahead of Hurricane Dorian, emergency officials announced Wednesday.

Just 20 minutes later, the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, tweeted: "Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian".

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) references a map held by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan while talking to reporters following a briefing from officials about Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office at the White House September 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama.

During a briefing on the storm's threat to the USA east coast, the president had an aide show reporters a dated map from the National Weather Service showing initial projections of Dorian's track into Florida. Conditions will worsen the farther east you go from Richmond, with flooding and damaging winds likely across far southeast Virginia.

Several news reports noted Trump's misstatement, whereupon he took to Twitter to defend himself. The graphic appears to have been altered with a Sharpie to indicate a risk the storm would move into Alabama from Florida.

It's probably fair to say much of the country has grown accustomed to a certain degree of absurdity surrounding Trump's presidency, but once in a while, the Republican pushes the envelope in ways that raise concerns about his stability.

The Oval Office briefing started innocently enough, with Trump alerting reporters to the fact that he and his team wanted to give an update on storm preparations.

Indeed, the president didn't just hold up an outdated image; he showed everyone an old map that featured a drawn-in bulge.

At a subsequent event, Trump was asked about the apparent addition to the map. Why was that there?

Trump was asked if the map he displayed was altered using a Sharpie, the president's pen of choice.

Reality made up the president look bad, so he gave reality a little touch-up with a black marker. "So, I think we have a lot of willing partners out there, people who are willing to help us", said Governor Cooper. They actually have that a 95% chance probability.

As video and photographs of the altered map spread on social media Wednesday-especially with the real storm wreaking extreme havoc from the Bahamas to the Carolinas-critics of the president unleashed over his self-indulgent, narcissistic focus on Alabama.

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