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Trump offers altered hurricane chart, appearing to double down on ‘Alabama’ warning

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President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Washington.
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President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Washington.
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President Donald Trump listens during a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Washington.

President Trump presented a doctored Hurricane Dorian map to possibly justify the fact he had warned that the state of Alabama was in direct path of the storm.

In a White House video offered from the Oval Office on Wednesday, Trump showed a modified map from the National Hurricane Center showing that Alabama would be impacted by Dorian. The map looks as if it was altered with a Sharpie.

In a tweet Sunday, Trump raised the possibility that the state would be in the path, but 20 minutes later, the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Ala., refuted the tweet.

“Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian,” the NWS tweeted back.

When asked Wednesday if the chart had been drawn on, Trump offered, “I don’t know. I don’t know.”

“We had actually our original chart that it was going to end up hitting Florida directly,” Trump said, holding the map as he sat alongside Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. “It was going to be hitting directly, that would have affected a lot of other states. But that was the original chart. It was going to hit not only Florida, Georgia, it was going toward the Gulf (of Mexico). That was what was originally projected. And it took a right turn and ultimately, hopefully we’re going to be lucky.”

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