Listen: White House aide says he briefed Trump about Alabama and Hurricane Dorian
"Following hurricane dory and it's lashing out at the carolinas right now as it turns up the eastern seaboard and a little while ago president trump's homeland security purity advisor over the white house but statement offering a new defense for the president's false warning about the storm threat to alabama and beyond a country is still facing in some serious problems as this hurricane moves up the atlantic coast but the president still tweeting over and over and over again about the outdated forecasts evolving a threat which never really existed to alabama. Hey sorta politicized the national weather service wall and this would be comical. If this wasn't reality that's playing out you know when this first tweet came out of his first initial tweet a mentioning alabama <hes> in the path of the storm over the weekend people chuckled and then they moved don. No one would be talking about this if he were not so persistent had dug his heels in. It's not very difficult to just say you know what i made. An initial error. Let's focus now on the actual path of the storm not to mention all of those people facing the destruction that we've seen play out through the bahamas if he had been talking about relief that needs to be given and the relief that the us is providing to the bahamas and people in the path of the storm that would be something that would be helpful as opposed to constantly instantly talking about something that no one really cares about but it's emblematic of this administration of this president who just can't admit when he is wrong. It sounds trivial but think think about what would happen. If we face a military action that needs to be taken and iran or a missile launch from north korea. We have to be able to trust this this president and at a time when we are facing a hurricane that is hitting u._s. Soil he is now diverting resources to cover his own tracks. Imagine all of the the work that has to be done to come up with these maps that he's now highlighting you see the the look on the face of kevin mclean and his acting homeland. <hes> defense is security agency and the head and you see him sitting there without chart with the sharpie. It's embarrassing and it's unnecessary jeffrey. This is a sharpie. If you've ever seen it wasn't it wasn't you it. It wasn't me but i use a sharp once in a while. But what do you make of the mystery of who actually used the sharpie to distort that official government map. You know who i i. I do not have the answer but i do have one answer. I watched recently. There's a new documentary. It's coming out shortly about roy cohn. Who was the corrupt unethical lion ryan lawyer who was a mentor to donald trump and it really explains a lot of what's going on even today because roy cohn who was an aide joseph mccarthy earthy he believed in you fight about everything no matter how trivial you never let a charge go unanswered you and you lie if necessary to to respond to it and that's what's going on here of course this is a completely ridiculous controversy which would be forgotten but for the president's insistence in on fighting with the news media but remember he was also fighting with the actress debra messing over the weekend as this hurricane was bert baron another it it it it seems like madness but this is who he is and he got elected once and he got elected again and then they put out this official statement the board of the president's homeland security advisers clearly the white house is looking for someone to blame certainly looks like i mean this is government resources taking the time again and the energy energy to find someone go out there and defend the president from this. I mean trump. We've always known that he's really sensitive to what people say about it on t._v. You know he's looking at the headlines and we've had five days now of people calling him out looking for him to just issue an apology and move on not only that he was totally roasted last night on late night. Television people are laughing at this whole line and you know did he was he drew it so you know he clearly they spent the time to go out and march someone out there and make this statement and it creates a real optics problem for the white house because you know i'm not gonna get say what the president's thinking right now but it makes it look like he cares more about defending himself his own reputation than he does about people who are actually dying right now and who need help you know he could've made this because that's true right. Maybe because these people yeah well i i agree with jeffrey. Look this was a missed opportunity for the president to talk about both the impending danger and peril for people along on the coast of the carolinas and georgia and maybe even virginia and also to talk about as you say people who are in real distress in bahamas a neighboring country right of our shores. I actually think this case wolf that the president and the white house thinks they have a grain of genuine grievance here going back several days about this alabama alabama thing but once you get past sharpie gate once you get past all of these tweets they've completely squandered any opportunity for people to take them seriously and over the a broad stretch of time they've squandered in the opportunity for people to give them the benefit of the dow wolff because we've been through a situation where our washington post colleagues have uncovered twelve thousand thousand false and misleading statements by the president we've been through the president lying about what he knew about stormy daniels we've been through the president lying about crowd sizes and so at this point who would give him the benefit of the doubt in this interesting because our jake tapper jeffrey just now reporting that the fox news senior white house correspondent john roberts had just finished his three p._m. Live shot on thursday when the president beckoned tim to come into the oval office according to jake the president had one argument to make according to an internal fox email roberts sent about the meeting provided to c._n._n. Any stress to me that forecasts for dorian last week have alabama in the warning cone roberts rope. He insisted that it is unfair. To alabama was never threatened by the storm not clearly the president is very sensitive to the suggestion that he'd misspoke your thank. Thank you think he's gone on for this for days and days over this completely trivial misstatement it seems like it or if they had simply said it was an earlier forecast i mean there are a million ways to deal with this that it would be completely forgotten at this point but this is the roy contraining you fight back constantly on every issue and and you know and i think it is worth pausing to remember that there are a lot of people who like that he does. How's this for the fact that we're viewing it. Is this terrible gaffe an embarrassing and you know the fact that he's sticking it to the news media and calling us fake news a lot of people belykh that and so that is worth remembering here to"