President Donald Trump denied telling White House chief of staff Mike Mulvaney to instruct Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to pressure scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to say Trump was right when he falsely claimed Hurricane Dorian was heading towards Alabama, the New York Times reported.
As usual, Trump played the victim and blamed “fake news” for reporting the story: “No, I never did that. …That’s fake news.”
Senior officials told the Washington Post that White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney called Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “but did not instruct him to threaten any firings or offer any punitive threats, officials said. He simply told Ross that the agency needed to fix it immediately, leading to a new statement that was issued on Sept. 6.”