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PoliticsWhite House Pressed Agency to Repudiate Weather Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump

19:35  11 september  2019
19:35  11 september  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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Uccellini defended forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump 's claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached the United States. less. National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini addresses a meeting of the National Weather Association in Huntsville, Ala

(AP) — The head of the National Weather Service issued a strong public defense of forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump ’s claim that Director Louis Uccellini said forecasters in Birmingham did the right thing Sept. 1 when they tried to combat public panic and rumors that Dorian

WASHINGTON — The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would probably strike Alabama, according to several people familiar with the events.

White House Pressed Agency to Repudiate Weather Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump© Erin Schaff/The New York Times Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told the commerce secretary to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly disavow the forecasters’ position that Alabama was not at risk.

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly disavow the forecasters’ position that Alabama was not at risk. NOAA, which is part of the Commerce Department, issued an unsigned statement last Friday in response, saying that the Birmingham, Ala., office was wrong to dispute the president’s warning.

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Commerce secretary reportedly made threats at Noaa after agency contradicted Trump ’s false claim on Hurricane Dorian. Donald Trump displays an apparently altered map of the projected path of Hurricane Dorian during a briefing by federal agencies at the White House on 4 September 2019.

forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump 's claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached the United States.Director The head of the National Weather Service issued a strong public defense Monday of forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump 's

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In pressing NOAA’s acting administrator to take action, Mr. Ross warned that top employees at the agency could be fired if the situation was not addressed, The New York Times previously reported. Mr. Ross’s spokesman has denied that he threatened to fire anyone, and a senior administration official on Wednesday said Mr. Mulvaney did not tell the commerce secretary to make such a threat.

The release of the NOAA statement provoked complaints that the Trump administration was improperly intervening in the professional weather forecasting system to justify the president’s mistaken assertion. The Commerce Department’s inspector general is investigating how that statement came to be issued, saying it could call into question scientific independence.

NOAA disavows National Weather Service tweet that contradicted Trump

NOAA disavows National Weather Service tweet that contradicted Trump National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it told Trump that Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama ," the NOAA statement reads. The tweet from the National Weather Service in Birmingham had said that Alabama would "NOT" be affected by the hurricane, and came after Trump mentioned the state along with several others that he said would be hit by the storm. 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.

National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini addresses a meeting of the National Weather Association in Huntsville, Ala., Monday. Uccellini defended forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump 's claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached the United

The head of the National Weather Service is defending forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump 's claim that Hurricane Dorian Director Louis Uccellini told a meteorology convention Monday that forecasters in Birmingham did the right thing when they tried to combat public panic and

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, which is controlled by Democrats, announced on Wednesday that it too has opened an investigation into Mr. Ross’ actions.

The White House had no immediate comment on Wednesday, but the senior administration official said Mr. Mulvaney was interested in having the record corrected because, in his view, the Birmingham forecasters had gone too far and the president was right to suggest there had been forecasts showing possible impact on Alabama.

Mr. Trump was furious at being contradicted by the forecasters in Alabama. On Sept. 1, the president wrote on Twitter that Alabama “will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.” A few minutes later, the National Weather Service in Birmingham posted on Twitter that “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane Dorian will be felt across Alabama.”

NOAA backs Trump on Alabama hurricane forecast, rebukes Weather Service for accurately contradicting him

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Uccellini defended forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump 's claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached the HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The head of the National Weather Service issued a strong public defense Monday of forecasters who contradicted

Officials at the White House and the Commerce Department declined to comment. That official suggested the Twitter post by the Birmingham forecasters had been motivated by a desire to embarrass the president more than concern for the safety of people in Alabama.

For nearly a week, Mr. Trump kept insisting he was right, displaying outdated maps, including one that had been apparently altered with a Sharpie pen to make it look like Alabama might be in the path of the storm. He had his homeland security adviser release a statement backing him up.

Mr. Ross called Neil Jacobs, the acting administrator of NOAA, from Greece where the secretary was traveling for meetings, and instructed Dr. Jacobs to fix the agency’s perceived contradiction of the president, according to three people informed about the discussions.

Dr. Jacobs objected to the demand and was told that the political appointees at NOAA would be fired if the situation was not fixed, according to the three individuals, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the episode.

The political staff at an agency typically includes a handful of top officials, such as Dr. Jacobs, and their aides. They are appointed to their jobs by the administration currently in power, as opposed to career government employees, who remain in their jobs as administrations come and go.

Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump’s Hurricane Tweets, Sources Say

Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump’s Hurricane Tweets, Sources Say The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion. 

Trump has defended his tweet about Alabama, and he displayed an altered forecast map in the Oval Office last week in an attempt to make his point. Discussing the flurry of social media contacts and phone calls that followed Trump 's tweet, Uccellini said Birmingham forecasters used "an emphasis

Uccellini defended forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump 's claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached Discussing the flurry of social media contacts and phone calls that followed Trump 's tweet, Uccellini said Birmingham forecasters used "an emphasis

The statement NOAA ultimately issued later on Friday calling the Birmingham office’s statement “inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

Dr. Jacobs has since sought to reassure his work force and the broader scientific community concerned about political interference.

“This administration is committed to the important mission of weather forecasting,” Dr. Jacobs told a weather conference in Huntsville, Ala., on Tuesday. “There is no pressure to change the way you communicate or forecast risk in the future.”

In the speech, Dr. Jacobs praised Mr. Trump, calling him “genuinely interested in improving weather forecasts,” and echoed the president’s position that Dorian initially threatened Alabama. “At one point, Alabama was in the mix, as was the rest of the Southeast.”

He also said he still had faith in the Birmingham office. “The purpose of the NOAA statement was to clarify the technical aspects of the potential impacts of Dorian,” Dr. Jacobs said. “What it did not say, however, is that we understand and fully support the good intent of the Birmingham weather forecast office, which was to calm fears in support of public safety.”

With agency-wide email, NOAA chief moves to regain scientists’ trust after defending incorrect Trump tweet.
The email marked an apparent effort to repair damage from an unusual Sept. 6 statement that sided with President Trump rather than agency weather forecasters. © Jay Reeves/AP Neil Jacobs, acting head of NOAA, speaks at a meteorological convention Tuesday in Huntsville, Ala. (Jay Reeves/AP Photo) The controversial NOAA statement, which was unsigned, rebuked forecasters at the National Weather Service who tweeted that Alabama would “NOT see any impacts” from Hurricane Dorian after Trump wrongly tweeted that the state would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.

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