The chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in an email that he will be investigating the agency’s response to President Trump’s claims that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama. The Washington Post reported Monday that Craig McLean, NOAA’s acting chief scientist, wrote an email to colleagues that said the agency’s response to Mr. Trump’s claims were “political” and a “danger to public health and safety.”
“I am pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity,” McLean wrote, according to the Washington Post.
Last week, Mr. Trump held up a NOAA map that appeared to have been altered with a black pen to show a projection of the storm possibly striking Alabama. On Friday, NOAA backed up the president’s ongoing assertions that the state appeared initially to be in the path of the hurricane.