Are we still talking about this?
Courtesy of NYT:
The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would probably strike Alabama, according to several people familiar with the events.
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. NOAA, which is part of the Commerce Department, issued an unsigned statement last Friday in response, saying that the Birmingham, Ala., office was wrong to dispute the president’s warning.
In pressing NOAA’s acting administrator to take action, Mr. Ross warned that top employees at the agency could be fired if the situation was not addressed, The New York Times previously reported. Mr. Ross’s spokesman has denied that he threatened to fire anyone, and a senior administration official on Wednesday said Mr. Mulvaney did not tell the commerce secretary to make such a threat.
Well we know that the only person who could have told Mick Mulvaney to do this is Donald Trump himself, the acting chief of staff does not answer to anybody else but him.
However Trump is denying the obvious.
Courtesy of Politico:
President Donald Trump denied that his chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was acting on his orders when Mulvaney reportedly directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to pressure a federal agency to rebuke scientists who had contradicted Trump’s hurricane claims.
“No, I never did that — I never did that,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday, dismissing the entire scandal as “a hoax by the fake news media.”
“When they talk about the hurricane and when they talk about Florida and Alabama, that is just fake news,” the president went on. “Right from the beginning, it was a fake story.”
How can it be fake news or a hoax if Trump was the one who tweeted it out first and then doubled down on it when confronted by reporters?
Did the “fake news media” draw on this map with a Sharpie as well?
No, this is proof that Trump directly interfered with a federal agency’s responsibility to deliver factual information in the time of an emergency.
Scientists at NOAA knew Trump was wrong and they were threatened into silence while somebody at NOAA issued that lie to protect the fearless leader’s fragile feelings.
NOAA releases a Friday evening, unattributed statement disavowing the NWS Birmingham tweet from Sunday saying Dorian wasn’t going to impact Alabama. pic.twitter.com/4OfuM6iESo
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) September 6, 2019
Thanks to the Trump White House people do not believe a single thing that the government has to say, and now they are not even sure they should trust the official storm warnings.
Ever since he took office Trump has been waging a war on facts, and if he can cow enough federal agencies and politicians into covering for him he might start winning.