Trump: I've never heard of a Category 5 storm. Oh, we've had 4 in the last 3 years? (VIDEO)
As Hurricane Dorian is touching landfall near the Bahamas and fastly approaching the United States, President Donald Trump is expressing his amazement that a storm can get as big as a Category 5. He says he's never heard of it.
Trump, meeting with FEMA officials: “I’ve seen some category fours, you don’t even see that many of them. But a category five is something that, I don’t know if I’ve ever even heard the term, other than I know it’s there. That’s the ultimate and that’s what we have unfortunately.”
Here's why that statement is odd: Hurricane Michael hit Florida in 2018, just one year ago. It was a Category 5 storm. In fact, there have been a total of four Category 5 hurricanes since 2016, just a few short years ago: Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, Maria, and Michael. Florida was a prime destination for nearly all of them.
When you watch Trump talk about it, you have to scratch your head. Is this more evidence of dementia or a major slip of the tongue?
He says blankly: "I'm not sure I've even heard of a Category 5." There's no confusion about it.
Right now, the storm is looking “extremely dangerous” and has already reached over 185 miles an hour. It could be near the Florida coast as soon as late Monday or Tuesday, forecasters say. Its unclear how much damage Florida will sustain, but its possible it could veer offshore. Let's hope for the best.
In the meantime, President Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club is under a mandatory evacuation order. Palm Beach County is making everybody leave.