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Trump appointee threatened firings at federal agency over accurate tweet contradicting the president

Trump appointee threatened firings at federal agency over accurate tweet contradicting the president

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The Secretary of Commerce threatened firings at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is part of the Commerce Department, last week following forecasts that directly contradicted tweets from President Trump, the New York Times reports.

Sources told the Times that calls made from Secretary Wilbur Ross to the acting administrator of NOAA Friday morning were what led to the agency’s much-maligned retraction late Friday of an accurate tweet from the National Weather Service’s Birmingham office, which alerted the public that Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama was false.

High-ranking scientists at the agency, including its acting chief scientist and the director of the National Weather Service, have spoken out publicly against Friday’s retraction, and the Commerce Department’s Office of Inspector General is looking into the statement for possible ethics violations.

More at the New York Times. 

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