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Tue Sep 10, 2019, 03:33 AM

Commerce secretary threatened to fire top NOAA employees if they didn't disavow Alabama tweet

NYT: Commerce secretary threatened to fire top NOAA employees if they didn't disavow Alabama tweet

Washington(CNN): Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross threatened to fire top National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees if the agency didn't disavow a tweet from a regional office that contradicted President Donald Trump's false claim that Hurricane Dorian was likely to hit Alabama, according to a report by The New York Times.

According to three people cited in the Times report on Monday, Ross called acting NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs and told him to fix the National Weather Service's contradiction of Trump's claim. When Jacobs opposed the demand, Ross told him NOAA's political staff would be fired, the Times reported.

The report also says Ross' threat to fire the employees is what caused NOAA on Friday to disavow a tweet from the NWS' Birmingham, Alabama, office that had contradicted Trump's claim.

A Commerce Department spokesperson denied the story.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/09/politics/wilbur-ross-noaa-employees/index.html

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