President Trump on Wednesday, Sept. 4, showed the map with original path of Hurricane Dorian during an Oval Office briefing on the administration’s efforts to monitor and respond to the hurricane as it was approaching to the East Coast. 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, according to AP.
“We got lucky in Florida. Very, very lucky indeed,” Trump told reporters. “We had actually, our original chart was that it was going to be hitting Florida directly.”
“And that would have affected a lot of other states,” Trump said. “But that was the original chart. It was going to hit not only Florida, but Georgia. It could have — it was going toward the Gulf. That was what was originally projected, and it took a right turn, and ultimately, hopefully we’re going to be lucky.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 4, 2019
The president told reporters, “I know that Alabama was in the original forecast.”
President Trump added: “Actually, we have a better map than that, which is going to 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 cases pretty hard. … They actually gave that a 95% chance probability.”
President Trump later made a tweet with a map, saying, “This was the originally projected path of the Hurricane in its early stages. As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama. I accept the Fake News apologies!” the president tweeted.
This was the originally projected path of the Hurricane in its early stages. As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama. I accept the Fake News apologies! pic.twitter.com/0uCT0Qvyo6
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2019
Trump tweeted on Sunday that Alabama could be among the states impacted by Dorian but the National Weather Service later said that Alabama would not be affected by the hurricane.
On Monday, President Trump slammed ABC news for for making ‘a big deal’ over reporting Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama.
“They made a big deal about this when in fact, under certain original scenarios, it was in fact correct that Alabama could have received some “hurt.” Always good to be prepared! But the Fake News is only interested in demeaning and belittling. Didn’t play my whole sentence or statement. Bad people!” the president tweeted.
Includes reporting from The Associate Press