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President Biden as the Consoler in Chief

December 17, 2021
President Biden visited communities devastated by the tornadoes in Kentucky.
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Trump Pressed Top Aide to Have Weather Service ‘Clarify’ Forecast That Contradicted Trump

September 12, 2019
Peter Baker, Lisa Friedman, Christopher Flavelle | The New York Times
President Trump, seeking to justify his claim of a hurricane threat to Alabama, pressed aides to intervene with a federal scientific agency, leading to a highly unusual public rebuke of the forecasters who contradicted him, according to people familiar with the events.
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On Abaco and Grand Bahama, the best option for many residents is to leave

September 10, 2019
Amna Nawaz | The PBS NewsHour
It's been a week since Dorian struck the Abaco Islands and part of the Grand Bahama. It's been slow going to get enough food, water and supplies to these places. As much as 90 percent of all the buildings and structures on the Abaco Islands appear to have been destroyed.
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Hurricane Trump brings winds of uncertainty to federal storm response

September 7, 2019
, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
Staffers at the Department of Homeland Security were at work on the response to Hurricane Dorian this week when their boss, acting secretary Kevin McAleenan, popped up on cable television news channels sitting next to President Trump in the Oval Office.
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‘What I said was accurate!’: Trump stays fixated on his Alabama error as hurricane pounds the Carolinas

September 6, 2019
Toluse Olorunnipa, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
He posted nine tweets and five maps about Alabama and the big storm. He defended a doctored hurricane map that had been altered with a black Sharpie to include the state. And he had his White House release a 225-word statement defending his erroneous warnings that Alabama was “going to get a piece” of the storm.
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Trump Insists He Was Right About Hurricane Dorian Heading for Alabama

September 5, 2019
Michael Shear, Zolan Kanno-Youngs | The New York Times
When President Trump displayed a large map of Hurricane Dorian’s path in the Oval Office on Wednesday, it was hard to miss a black line that appeared to have been drawn to extend the storm’s possible path into the state of Alabama.
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Acting DHS Sec. McAleenan on Hurricane Dorian preparations and FEMA funding

September 4, 2019
Amna Nawaz | The PBS NewsHour
With Hurricane Dorian devastating the Bahamas and heading toward the U.S., how are American agencies and officials getting ready for the threat?
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Trump golfs, tweets political attacks as Dorian threatens U.S.

September 3, 2019
Kaitlan Collins | CNN
As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, President Trump spent the day golfing and and tweeting political grievances.
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