As President Donald Trump continues to insist that he was right to say in a tweet that Alabama was in Hurricane Dorian’s path, his press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, lashed out at CNN for one of its mistakes.
She tweeted out a screenshot of a CNN-created map that identified Alabama as Mississippi.
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“Hi @CNN, I know you guys are busy analyzing lines on a map, but perhaps you use your time to study up on U.S. geography?” she wrote on Twitter.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) September 5, 2019
The message was clear. She was dinging CNN for making a mistake after its coverage of Trump’s claim this week that Alabama was at risk. In fact, by Sunday the storm no longer was threatening that state, as National Weather Service forecasters charted its course up along the Southeast coast.
CNN’s PR department returned with its own irreverent response to Grisham.
“Thanks, Stephanie. Yes, we made a mistake (which we fixed in less than 30 seconds). And now we are admitting it. You all should try it sometime.”
Thanks, Stephanie. Yes, we made a mistake (which we fixed in less than 30 seconds). And now we are admitting it. You all should try it sometime.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) September 5, 2019
Trump continued to insist that he was correct, even after displaying a doctored weather map in which someone used a Sharpie to extend the hurricane’s path into Alabama.
On Thursday he again tweeted messages and maps of the threat that the state once faced — though that was last week.
“I was with you all the way Alabama. The Fake News Media was not!”
The White House also issued a statement from Peter J. Brown, the president’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, in which Brown said that he said that he briefed Trump on the projected path of the hurricane on Sunday morning and it included “the possibility of tropical storm force winds in southeastern Alabama.” Trump called in Fox News’ senior White House correspondent John Roberts on Thursday afternoon to insist that Alabama was in the “warning cone.” Roberts and Alex Pappas reported on the meeting. CNN later ran a piece on based on an internal email that Roberts sent out.
I was with you all the way Alabama. The Fake News Media was not! https://t.co/gO5pwahaj9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2019