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OpinionWhy Donald Trump golfing during Hurricane Dorian is a problem

01:06  04 september  2019
01:06  04 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort faces potential threat as Hurricane Dorian approaches

Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort faces potential threat as Hurricane Dorian approaches President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort faces a potential threat from Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to make landfall in Florida this weekend.The storm, which officials say could become a Category 4 hurricane by the time it reaches the Florida coast, is likely to land in Melbourne, Fla. - which sits about 115 miles north of Trump's Palm Beach resort, the Tampa Bay Times reports.It's unclear where exactly the storm will hit and how strong it will become, and Mar-a-Lago sits in the "cone of uncertainty" as Dorian takes shape in the coming days, according to the Times.

“Since Dorian is expected to slow down and turn northward as it approaches the coast … storm surge and dangerous hurricane force winds are still There is an increasing risk of strong winds and dangerous storm surge along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina during the

Donald Trump ’s rumoured flight to his private golf course in Sterling, Virginia, with the Category 5 hurricane Dorian raging towards Florida, South Later, The Hill posted a video, noting that it featured Donald Trump golfing . However, the figures on it are so small that it is hard to distinguish any person.

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As Dorian grew into a Category 5 hurricane over Labor Day weekend, President Donald Trump played golf. Twice.

The most common critique of Trump's decision to hit the links was focused on the obvious hypocrisy. And yes, there is that!

"President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf," tweeted Trump in October 2014. And this one from a few months later: "Obama has admitted that he spends his mornings watching @ESPN. Then he plays golf, fundraises & grants amnesty to illegals."

Former Canadian prime minister hopes Hurricane Dorian strikes 'direct hit on Mar a Lago'

Former Canadian prime minister hopes Hurricane Dorian strikes 'direct hit on Mar a Lago' As Hurricane Dorian is predicted to hit Florida by Labor Day, the former prime minister of Canada cheered the fact that President Trump's golf resort at Mar-a-Lago appears to be in its path. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.Kim Campbell, who served as the 19th Canadian prime minister for less than five months in 1993, tweeted that she is "rooting" for Trump's favorite getaway destination to take a direct hit. Campbell was not alone among Twitter users in hoping the hurricane hurts Trump in some way.

Weather service scrambles to correct mistake by US president, which he later repeats.

President Donald Trump says he's spoken with the governors of Florida and Georgia ahead of the expected landfall of a potentially devastating Hurricane Dorian this weekend. (August 30) AP.

But at this point in his presidency – and his life – Trump's hypocrisy is so well-proven as to be almost mundane. He believes that he is governed by different rules than literally everyone else. That what's good for the goose is definitely not good for the gander. This is bad. It is also not new.

What is more striking – and damaging as it relates to the overall health of the country – is that Trump's golfing weekend speaks to how he simply does not see the presidency as a beacon of moral leadership (or leadership of any kind).

It's Politics 101 that when the people you represent are struggling – or fearful or anxious, etc. – you do what you can, from a public standpoint, to make sure they know you are with them in spirit if not in body. It's why, you would think, Trump canceled his plans to go to Poland over the weekend. Better to stay stateside and monitor the storm – making sure people know you are on top of things!

National Weather Service corrects Trump on Hurricane Dorian: 'Alabama will not see any impacts'

National Weather Service corrects Trump on Hurricane Dorian: 'Alabama will not see any impacts' The National Weather Service's Birmingham office issued a tweet on Sunday correcting President Trump's comments that Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit Alabama.

Hurricane Dorian is a storm for the record books, having set new milestones Yet President Donald Trump seemed to be baffled by how a hurricane could reach Category 5 intensity, which is Trump 's ignorance of how hurricanes are classified would not be a problem if he were not the one in charge

During a briefing on the category 5 Hurricane Dorian sweeping across the Bahamas and toward the US coast, Donald Trump said: 'All we know is that it 's possibly the biggest. I'm not sure I've even heard of a category 5, I knew it existed. And I've seen some category 4s.

And Trump did send more than 100 tweets and retweets over the weekend – ranging from sharing National Weather Service forecasts to his own straight-to-camera videos in which he put on his own meteorological hat to explain of Dorian: "It really began to form and form big."

Then, after sending those nearly 130(!) tweets, he went and played golf. Which, especially on Labor Day, was a startling contrast; cable TV networks showing the massive storm battering the Bahamas and inching its way toward the southeastern coast of the United States while Trump took some swings on his course in Virginia.

"He's clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course," jabbed London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a frequent critic of Trump.

Even in his (totally inevitable) response to Khan, Trump made clear he doesn't really get the issue here. Tweeteth Trump:

"The incompetent Mayor of London, Sadique (sic) Kahn, was bothered that I played a very fast round of golf yesterday. Many Pols exercise for hours, or travel for weeks. Me, I run through one of my courses (very inexpensive). President Obama would fly to Hawaii. Kahn should focus on 'knife crime,' which is totally out of control in London. People are afraid to even walk the streets. He is a terrible mayor who should stay out of our business!"

President Trump Seen at the Golf Course While Hurricane Dorian Approaches the U.S.

President Trump Seen at the Golf Course While Hurricane Dorian Approaches the U.S. He also spent Labor Day criticizing the head of the AFL-CIO

President Donald Trump , but choosing to attack the president for electing to stay in the United States while a major hurricane was threatening the Atlantic “Kahn should focus on ‘knife crime,’ which is totally out of control in London. People are afraid to even walk the streets. He is a terrible mayor who

President Donald Trump spent the day visiting his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, and tweeting political grievances as a massive hurricane prepares to barrel up the East Coast of the United States.

(Side note: London is facing what CNN has described as a "knife crime crisis.")

A few things about Trump's tweet:

1) The issue is not the cost associated with him playing golf this past weekend.

2) The issue is not that other politicians exercise or play golf or travel. The issue is WHEN they do it.

That second point is really important. I have written in defense of Obama's golf habit – amid critiques from Trump and other Republicans. I am strongly in favor of politicians a) taking vacations and b) exercising in whatever manner they prefer in order to deal with the massive stresses associated with being president.

The difference here is the context. Playing golf on a random weekend – as Trump does virtually every weekend – is fine, if hugely hypocritical! Doing so when tens of thousands of Americans are boarding up their homes and business and under mandatory evacuation orders is something very, very different.

Look, Washington, DC, isn't in the "cone of uncertainty" for this hurricane. If DC feels any effect from Dorian, it will be minor – and far later in the week. So even if Trump was sitting in the White House all weekend, it's not as though he is in the same tough situation as the tens of thousands of people on the southeastern coast from Florida through North Carolina.

Trump may have broken federal law by altering Hurricane Dorian's path on a map to validate his false claim that it could hit Alabama

Trump may have broken federal law by altering Hurricane Dorian's path on a map to validate his false claim that it could hit Alabama Federal law states that it's illegal to knowingly issue or publish any "counterfeit weather forecast or warning of weather conditions."

Donald Trump ’s Category 5 hurricane shock shows itself yet again with Dorian . Yet President Donald Trump seemed to be baffled by how a hurricane could reach Category 5 intensity, which is Trump ’s ignorance of how hurricanes are classified would not be a problem if he were not the one

London mayor slams Trump over golfing amid Hurricane Dorian . “If I don ’t stand up and call that out I think I’m doing a disservice to Londoners who chose me as their mayor.” The American president was away visiting his Trump National Golf Club in Virginia amid the heavy storms and flash flooding

But the job of the president – at least until Trump – has been to do everything they can to make sure that the people they represent know that they understand their struggles. To send a signal that he is on top of the situation and is ready to do anything and everything he can to help out.

It's why George W. Bush decided to stop playing golf halfway through his first term as president. "I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf," Bush explained at the time. (The United States was actively at war in Iraq and Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.) "I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them."

"Solidarity" is the right word here. A president leads by showing solidarity. Sneaking in a quick 36 holes over Labor Day weekend while thousands of people worry for their futures in the face of a catastrophic storm is the opposite of that solidarity.

Trump's abandonment of the idea of the presidency as a position of moral leadership – the whole leading-by-example thing – will be, along with his assault on the idea of facts and truth, the most dangerous (and lasting) element of his tenure.

If we no longer can look to a president to lead in moments of crisis, who can – and will – we look to?

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Michael Jordan Donates $1 Million to Hurricane Dorian Relief in Bahamas.
NBA legend Michael Jordan announced Tuesday that he will donate $1 million to assisting with the relief efforts in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. © Streeter Lecka/Getty Images"I am devastated to see the destruction that Hurricane Dorian has brought to the Bahamas, where I own property and visit frequently," Jordan said in a statement. "My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones. As the recovery and relief efforts continue, I will be tracking the situation closely and working to identify non-profit agencies where the funds will have the most impact.

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