White House official: Yes, Trump was the one who used the black sharpie to cover his tracks
We can now confirm that it was President Donald Trump who used the black sharpie.
A White House official spoke under anonymity to the Washington Post and said that Trump personally marked up the official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map in order to show that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian.
“No one else writes like that on a map with a black Sharpie,” the official said.
We have written extensively on this over the last couple days and this just provides clarification to what we already knew.
It was possible Trump told someone to do it for him, but it looks like the president decided to do it for himself.
The whole entire nation knew something odd was going on when he held an "update" on Hurricane Dorian that displayed an old, outdated map. He only did that to show the sharpie markings after all the negative press coverage of him putting millions of people in Alabama state on alert needlessly.
The Birmingham office of the National Weather Service had to correct Trump and tell people not to worry.
The official White House photo from Sunday when Trump was originally briefed also showed the map without the black sharpie. How dumb do they think people are?
It is an issue that Trump has tweeted and talked about constantly.
When he was pressed on the issue of the black sharpie, though, he ended up saying in front of the cameras he didn't know how it got here: "I don't know, I don't know, I don't know." That was three times he said it.
Glad we can finally put this one to bed. Trump lied again. Oh, well, tomorrow it will be something else.