REPORT: NYT claims NOAA staff was threatened for contradicting Trump on Dorian; Commerce Department responds


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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross threatened to fire top employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) after officials contradicted President Trump’s claim that Alabama could be impacted by Hurricane Dorian, according to a report by The New York Times.

The Commerce Department later denied the story in a statement to The Hill.

The article goes on to state the following:

“The New York Times story is false. Secretary Ross did not threaten to fire any NOAA staff over forecasting and public statements about Hurricane Dorian,” the spokesperson told The Hill.

Citing three people familiar with the discussion, the NYT reported that Ross asked acting NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs to change the perception that the agency had contradicted Trump. Ross reportedly said that political staff at NOAA may be dismissed if the situation wasn’t resolved.

Several sources have asked for Ross to resign over the report.

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