President Donald Trump tweeted prolifically over Labor Day weekend as Hurricane Dorian pummeled the Bahamas, blasting out frequent updates on the weather to his 64 million followers.
According to a report in The New York Times, Trump tweeted 122 times in total from his Virginia golf course, receiving the latest information on the storm from staffers.
Trump retweeted dozens of updates from the National Weather Services and National Hurricane Center combined with some of his own commentary, including a false claim that the storm would hit Alabama.
As the storm reached Category 5 status and pummeled the Bahamas, Trump tweeted updates along with his usual weekend repertoire of Fox News quotes and attacks on the media.
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President Donald Trump tweeted prolifically over Labor Day weekend as Hurricane Dorian pummeled the Bahamas, blasting out frequent updates on the weather mixed in with his usual attacks on the media.
Trump tweeted 122 times in total from his golf course in Virginia, according to The New York Times, receiving frequent updates on the developing hurricane from a staffer who followed him around in a separate golf cart as Trump golfed.
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Trump’s tweets ranged from retweets of the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Centers to his own commentary on the developing storm — some of which was wildly incorrect.
In one tweet, Trump incorrectly wrote to his nearly 64 million followers that the state of Alabama was directly in Dorian’s path, and did not correct the claim even when it was rebuked by the National Weather Service.
In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2019
Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east. #alwx
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) September 1, 2019
Instead of admitting his mistake, Trump attacked the media, lashing out at ABC correspondent Jon Karl as a “lightweight” for reporting on it.
“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,” he wrote Monday. “Always good to be prepared! But the Fake News is only interested in demeaning and belittling.”
Dorian, now rated a Category 3 storm, is expected to make landfall in Florida on Tuesday and hit the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
“Looking like our great South Carolina could get hit MUCH harder than first thought. Georgia and North Carolina also,” Trump wrote on Friday. “It’s …read more
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