Explosive new documents show the US government knew a weather map used by Donald Trump was doctored, despite publicly defending the president’s false claims about a hurricane striking Alabama.
In September last year, Mr Trump repeatedly claimed wrongly that Alabama would “most likely” be struck by Hurricane Dorian, a category five storm which devastated the Bahamas.
The group, all believed to be aged under 12, were riding their bikes to get ice cream when a four-wheel-drive is alleged to have ploughed into them.
Four of the children died at the scene, and the fifth, a 10-year-old-boy, is in hospital with critical head injuries
“I came because I don’t want my country divided on religious lines,” said Rihanna Khatoon, 26, mother of the two-month-old baby. “People think women are not strong, so I came with my baby to show how strong we are.”
At the front is a row of grandmothers and great-grandmothers, one lying on a charpoy on hunger strike. “This is the first time in my life I’ve protested and I will not stir until the CAA is pushed back,” said Bilkis, 82. “We’re ready to die here. When they are beating our children, what’s the point of being alive?”
On Thursday afternoon Vincenzo Leone, the commander of the port, suddenly announced that 1,140 people who were due to complete their cruise that day would be allowed to disembark as scheduled.
But he was quickly rebuked by mayor Ernesto Tedesco who arrived on the scene in a Fiat 500 being driven by his assistant, leaned out of the window and shouted: ‘Are you crazy? Who gave the landing order?’
In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press due to be broadcast on Sunday, Alexander said: “If you have eight witnesses who say someone left the scene of an accident, why do you need nine? I mean, the question for me was: do I need more evidence to conclude that the president did what he did? And I concluded no.”
Alexander told the New York Times why that was not enough to require Trump’s removal: “The Senate reflects the country, and the country is as divided as it has been for a long time. For the Senate to tear up the ballots in this election and say President Trump couldn’t be on it, the country probably wouldn’t accept that. It would just pour gasoline on cultural fires that are burning out there.”