President Donald Trump, a fan of Sharpies, used one to edit an official map of Hurricane Dorian’s projected path sometime before displaying it to the public on Wednesday at the White House, according to The Washington Post, which cited a White House official.
“No one else writes like that on a map with a black Sharpie,” the anonymous official told The Post.
The inclusion of an additional cone, marked by what appeared to be a black marker, falsely extended the projected path of the hurricane to reach southeastern Alabama. Trump on Sunday had said Alabama was among the US states expected to be hit by the hurricane, a position the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, immediately shot down by clarifying that the state “will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian.”
In the days since, however, Trump vociferously defended his false assertion and maintained that his statements were based on governmental analyses that were accurate at the time. Trump kicked off a Twitter storm by submitting an indeterminate “spaghetti plot” map as evidence, and he accused news outlets of misreporting his claims.