On Sunday, Trump falsely claimed the hurricane was likely to hit Alabama (among other states) and it would be worse than earlier forecasts had suggested. The National Weather Service debunked that claim — but Trump, as is his way, dug in his heels.
Over the next week, the President fired off a cluster of tweets and even spoke to reporters from the Oval Office, with the help of an apparently altered (by black marker) visual aid showing the hurricane’s projected path scraping Alabama’s southeast corner.
Trump was asked by a reporter whether the black line over Alabama was made with a permanent marker. “I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know,” Trump replied.
The hurricane never reached Alabama.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence had a storm of his own. His travel plans were shuffled up after Trump sent him to Poland in his stead over the weekend (so Trump could monitor Hurricane Dorian’s path). Pence’s trip included a stop in Ireland, where he had meetings in Dublin and stayed on the other side of the Emerald Isle in Doonbeg, at his boss’ golf resort Trump International Golf Links and Hotel for two nights.