A Homeland Security adviser to President Donald Trump on Thursday offered a cone of protection for the president's insistent claim Hurricane Dorian was initially forecast to impact a portion of Alabama.
In a lengthy statement, tweeted out by CNN, Rear Adm. Peter Brown, a counterterrorism adviser, said he briefed Trump multiple times about Dorian as well as models that showed the potential path of the eye of the storm.
"These products showed possible storm impacts well outside the official forecast cone," Brown said.
"While speaking to the press on Sunday, Sept. 1, the president addressed Hurricane Dorian and its potential impact on multiple states, including Alabama," the statement continued.
"The president's comments were based on that morning's Hurricane Dorian briefing, which included the possibility of tropical storm force winds in southeastern Alabama."
A National Weather Service tweet stated otherwise.
"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," the tweet declared, according to a screen grab posted by Forbes.
Brown noted Florida, Puerto Rico, and other areas were originally predicted to fall in Dorian's path, but the storm shifted track.
He also referenced forecasts from the National Hurricane Center from Aug. 27 through Sept. 2, noting they did show a chance of tropical storm force winds hitting parts of Alabama.
Earlier Thursday, Trump dug up week-old maps and tweets from the Alabama National Guard to bolster his claims, fanning the flames of a controversy Trump has refused to put to rest.
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