"NOAA Staff Warned In Sept. 1 Directive Against Contradicting Trump"

"Nearly a week before the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly backed President Trump over its own scientists, a top NOAA official warned its staff against contradicting the president.

In an agencywide directive sent Sept. 1 to National Weather Service personnel, hours after Trump asserted, with no evidence, that Alabama “would most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated,” staff was told to “only stick with official National Hurricane Center forecasts if questions arise from some national level social media posts which hit the news this afternoon.”

They were also told not to “provide any opinion,” according to a copy of the email obtained by The Washington Post."

Andrew Freedman, Colby Itkowitz, and Jason Samenow report for the Washington Post September 7, 2019.


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Source: Washington Post, 09/09/2019