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Trump insists incorrect ‘Sharpiegate’ hurricane map is accurate

Trump insists incorrect ‘Sharpiegate’ hurricane map is accuratePresident said ‘certain models strongly suggested’ Alabama would be hit after displaying altered map showing path reaching the stateUnable to let a good fight with the media go to waste, Donald Trump insisted again on Thursday that his warning that Alabama could be hit by Hurricane Dorian was accurate.The federal National Weather Service (NWS) has said it was not.Dorian, meanwhile, moved back up to category 3 strength, threatening life-endangering storm surge and flooding in the Carolinas and prompting evacuations there and along the coast of Georgia. It had left at least 20 people dead in the Bahamas.The president tweeted his fury about his own side of the matter a day after he displayed a National Hurricane Center (NHC) map in the Oval Office which appeared to have been altered with a Sharpie, or marker pen, to show the storm’s predicted path reaching into the Yellowhammer state.Trump insisted later on Wednesday that his original briefings on Dorian showed a “95% chance probability” that Alabama would be hit. Asked if the chart showing a government weather forecast had been altered – which would be a crime under US law – he said: “I don’t know, I don’t know.”The incident prompted scorn and hilarity online, with some christening the scandal “Sharpiegate”.On Wednesday night, Trump demanded apologies from the media.On Thursday morning, typically unabashed, he tweeted: “In the early days of the hurricane, when it was predicted that Dorian would go through Miami or West Palm Beach, even before it reached the Bahamas, certain models strongly suggested that Alabama [and] Georgia would be hit as it made its way through Florida [and] to the Gulf.“Instead it turned North and went up the coast, where it continues now. In the one model through Florida, the Great State of Alabama would have been hit or grazed. In the path it took, no. Read my FULL FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] statement. What I said was accurate! All Fake News in order to demean!”Saying Alabama had been predicted to be “hit or grazed” was a downgrade from Trump’s initial tweet about the state, which counted it among states likely to be “hit (much) harder than anticipated”.Trump also retweeted an NHC map from last Wednesday which showed outer strands of the storm crossing the Georgia-Alabama line.The first warnings of Dorian’s potency began to spread across the media late last week. The NHC map showing the forecast path of the storm which Trump displayed in the Oval Office was published last Thursday. It can still be seen online. It does not show the hurricane reaching Alabama.Regardless, on Sunday, Trump tweeted: “In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!”Shortly after that, the National Weather Service tweeted: “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.”



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Trump insists meteorologists are wrong and he is right to say Hurricane Dorian could have hit Alabama

Trump insists meteorologists are wrong and he is right to say Hurricane Dorian could have hit AlabamaDonald Trump has insisted he is right – and meteorologists are wrong – over his repeated claim Hurricane Dorian could strike parts of Alabama.Forecasters, including the government’s own National Weather Service, were forced to correct the US president after he warned in a tweet on Sunday morning that Alabama would “most likely” be hit by the record-breaking tropical storm, which is currently devastating the Bahamas.



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White House insists Trump has authority to block American companies from doing business in China

White House insists Trump has authority to block American companies from doing business in ChinaWhite House economic adviser Larry Kudlow asserted President Trump’s threat to block trade between private Americans businesses and China, saying he has “emergency economic power authority” to do so.



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Poll: Virginia split on whether Gov. Ralph Northam should resign; he insists, 'I'm not going anywhere'

Poll: Virginia split on whether Gov. Ralph Northam should resign; he insists, 'I'm not going anywhere'Gov. Ralph Northam vowed to remain in office Sunday while Virginians appeared split on whether the besieged Democrat should resign from office.



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Brexit envoy insists EU united as UK's May seeks concessions

Brexit envoy insists EU united as UK's May seeks concessionsBRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union Brexit officials insisted Wednesday that the EU's divorce agreement with Britain cannot be renegotiated as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to seek fresh concessions from the bloc just weeks before her country is set to leave.



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Trump insists on steel wall with Mexico in prime-time speech

Trump insists on steel wall with Mexico in prime-time speechPresident Donald Trump used a prime-time address to the nation Tuesday to insist on $ 5.7 billion for a steel wall along the Mexican border that he said would stop the shedding of “American blood” by illegal immigrants. The nine-minute speech from the storied Oval Office in the White House contained no concessions to Democrats refusing to fund construction of the wall — a project Trump has made his signature domestic policy idea. Trump spoke in an unusually measured voice, apparently hoping to claim the moral high ground, and said he wanted to bridge the political divide in what could be the defining power struggle of his turbulent presidency.



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N. Korea insists US act first before it gives up nukes

N. Korea insists US act first before it gives up nukesSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat. The surprisingly blunt statement jars with Seoul's rosier presentation of the North Korean position and could rattle the fragile trilateral diplomacy to defuse a nuclear crisis that last year had many fearing war.



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Russia insists detained Ukrainian sailors will face trial

Russia insists detained Ukrainian sailors will face trialRussia on Friday insisted that Ukrainian sailors it captured after seizing their vessels will go on trial for violating its maritime borders, despite international calls for their release. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the 24 Ukrainian sailors currently in pre-trial detention will be put in the dock for violations of Russian and international law. “When the investigation is over, there will be a trial,” he told reporters after a meeting in Milan of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).



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Trump Insists 'Raking' Will Help Stop Forest Fires; Twitter Reels

Trump Insists 'Raking' Will Help Stop Forest Fires; Twitter ReelsWith 76 people dead and nearly 1,300 unaccounted for and feared dead in



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President Trump insists his lawyers did not write his answers to Mueller

President Trump insists his lawyers did not write his answers to MuellerPresident Trump told the press that he, not his lawyers, wrote the answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.



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