White House told NOAA to back Trump’s false hurricane forecast

President Donald Trump displaying a doctored forecast map that incorrectly shows Hurricane Dorian hitting Alabama.

Enlarge / President Donald
Trump displaying a doctored forecast map at the White House on
September 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty ImagesChip
Somodevilla )

The White House pressured the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration into backing President Trump over weather
forecasters who disputed Trump’s incorrect claim that Hurricane
Dorian would likely strike Alabama, according to news reports.

“Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told
Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, to have the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration publicly disavow the forecasters’
position that Alabama was not at risk,” the New York Times
reported today
, citing anonymous sources. Ross then warned NOAA
“that top employees at the agency could be fired if the situation
was not addressed,” the Times wrote.

Mulvaney took this action after “President Trump told his staff
that the [NOAA] needed to correct a tweet that seemed to contradict
his statement that Hurricane Dorian posed a significant threat to
Alabama as of Sept. 1,” the Washington Post wrote in an
article
on the same topic. There are now multiple
investigations into whether the NOAA’s scientific integrity and
independence were undermined.

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White House told NOAA to back Trump’s false hurricane forecast