U.S. denies threats to sack weather agency employees

President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House Wednesday Sept. 4 2019 in Washington

President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House Wednesday Sept. 4 2019 in Washington

"Weather should not be a partisan issue".

Retired Adm. David W. Titley, an assistant NOAA administrator during the Obama Administration and former meteorology professor at Pennsylvania State University, said that it seemed Jacobs was stuck between orders from the White House and Department of Commerce and a rebellion by some in the National Weather Service. "One of the things we train on is to dispel inaccurate rumors and ultimately that is what was occurring - ultimately what the Alabama office did is provide a forecast with their tweet, that is what they get paid to do". The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) office in Birmingham quickly responded by tweeting that there would be no impacts from Dorian on the state, and that should've been the end of that.

For days, Trump stubbornly insisted he was right about the hurricane's path, giving fodder to late-night comics when he showed off a map that had been clumsily doctored with a Sharpie.

President Trump repeatedly and wrongly claimed the hurricane was a threat to Alabama.

"His direct attacks on the scientists and federal employees, whom he threatened to fire for doing their jobs by accurately reporting the weather, are an embarrassing new low for a member of this Cabinet which has been historically venal and incompetent", Beyer said in a statement. "His actions, on behalf of Donald Trump, threatened to instill panic simply to give cover for Trump", Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement.

The Times report says Ross' threat is what led to the unsigned NOAA statement backing up Trump. "Under any other Administration, knowingly misleading the American people and endangering communities would be a major scandal", Tonko said in the statement. The Trump administration has raced to politicise everything and undermine trust in institutions, but particularly so with science.

The fallout from the president's defence of his false claim has roiled the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, the parent agency of the NWS, which is in turn a branch of the commerce department.

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It stood to reason NOAA leaders didn't come up with this scheme to prioritize politics over science on their own; someone must have directed the agency to embarrass itself.

The Supreme Court ultimately blocked the citizenship question. Ross claimed he was acting on a request from the Justice Department, but Roberts concluded that was a mere pretext. For more than a century, the agency has played a vital role in protecting the lives and property of Americans across the country. Complaints about the scientific integrity of government agencies can often seem esoteric. "The weather service team has my full support and the support of the department".

"When the phones and the social media lit up about 10:00 am Central Time on September 1st, they did what any office would do", he said.

Bush went on to say that before the scandal, "I think I needed to grow up a bit, even though I was in my 40s", although as an example of his growing up, he cited now being less angry when things go "wrong". He wanted to be seen as richer.

"Sharpiegate" was never just another silly Trump story.

In a 2017 story about Ross's exaggerated claims of wealth, Alexander quoted longtime co-workers about the secretary's habit of bending the truth.

"From Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama".

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