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Tags: Hurricane Dorian | Trump Administration | emails | foia | hurricane | dorian | alabama

Axios: Emails Show Rejection of Trump's Dorian Marker

president trump next to map with sharpie lines extending hurricane impact to alabama
President Donald Trump references a map while talking to reporters following a briefing from officials about Hurricane Dorian. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 02 February 2020 01:19 PM

Among the documents released Friday night in a Freedom of Information Act request are emails showing the senior weather officials slamming President Donald Trump's politicization of the Hurricane Dorian reports, Axios reported Sunday.

The emails were shared last September among National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials about Trump's assertation Alabama was going to feel affects from Hurricane Dorian.

"What concerns me most is that this administration is eroding the public trust in NOAA for an apparent political recovery from an ill-timed and imprecise comment from the president," Acting Director Craig McLean wrote in a Sept. 7 email, per the report.

"For an agency founded upon and recognized for determining scientific truths, trusted by the public, and responsible in law to put forward important science information, I find it unconscionable that an anonymous voice inside of NOAA would be found to castigate a dutiful, correct, and loyal NWS Forecaster who spoke the truth," McLean's email further read.

The National Weather Service's Birmingham office had rejected Trump's assertation Alabama was going to feel effects from the storm and the NOAA released an unsigned statement suggesting a 20% chance of the storm hitting Alabama, according to Axios.

Trump infamously showed the cone of impact of Dorian stretching into Alabama with edits down by a marker.

McLean led the effort to reject the politicization of the scientific conclusions.

Emails show a discussion among NOAA staffers about image being "doctored," according to Axios.

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