Top NOAA Official Told Staffers Not To Contradict Trump’s False Claim About Alabama

President Donald Trump (R) references altered map showing Hurricane Dorian held by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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A top official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reportedly sent out a memo to the agency’s employees last week telling them not to contradict President Donald Trump’s incorrect claim that Hurricane Dorian was going to hit Alabama.

According to documents obtained by the Washington Post, the official sent the warning to staffers after the National Weather Service in Birmingham corrected Trump’s false claim and assured Alabamians that their state wouldn’t be impacted by the hurricane.

The Post reported on Saturday that NOAA had also sent its scientists a similar memo after Trump flaunted a map of the hurricane’s trajectory that featured a hand-drawn bubble to include Alabama, which was reportedly drawn by Trump himself.

The memos were sent out before the NOAA released a statement on Friday backing Trump’s claim, saying that the NWS in Birmingham “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

The NOAA came under fire for the statement, which critics (including former NOAA officials) assailed as an attempt to politicize the agency and side with the President in contradiction to what the agency’s own scientists had forecasted.

An unnamed official told the Post that there was “no political motivation” in the NOAA’s decision to release the statement and that the agency merely “needed to make sure forecast products reflect probabilistic guidance.”

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  1. An unnamed official told the Post that there was “no political motivation” in the NOAA’s decision to release the statement and that the agency merely “needed to make sure forecast products reflect probabilistic guidance.”

    “If I kiss butt hard enough, I’ll probably keep my job.”

  2. “needed to make sure forecast products reflect probabilistic guidance.”

    -10 points for missing “paradigm” .

  3. Avatar for pshah pshah says:

    A government of the lickspittle, by the lickspittle, for the lickspittle shall not perish from this earth while Trump is in power.

  4. I hope that person went to Congress for whistleblower protection too.

  5. I do not believe most people realize how horrifying this is.

    Trump has gotten his tentacles into people’s careers. ***

    The irreverent observations about presidents and senators and congressmen which came from Federal employees I was around for all of my entire life were as natural as breathing.

    On the other hand, government employees of the Latin American countries I have lived in for a good part of my life DO tend to have very tenuous types of employment. High government officials in Latin America DO tend to personalize their government.

    This IS Banana Republic territory, and every minute Trump is allowed to do what he is doing here is a minute lost in trying to stop him.

    *** Here is the rub. When I say “Trump has gotten his tentacles into people’s careers”, what I am referring to is especially the time element: The time elapsed between the time Trump moves against an employee and the time that the legal system (which Trump can manipulate) can provide protection would be judged as too great to provide real job security. In addition, government employment becomes Trump Employment

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