"It was the original map and you see it would hit not only Florida but Georgia," Trump said Wednesday during a briefing while showing a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration card with a black line surrounding it. from Alabama,
"That made the right turn. And in the end, we hope to be lucky. It depends on what happens to South Carolina and North Carolina," he added.
A White House official told CNN that there was a discussion in the Oval Office before the briefing about what early models showed, and that Dorian might have been worse than originally projected. One room employee agreed and used a black marker without aiming to make the point, extending its line all the way to the southeast region of Alabama, according to an official who described the situation as "harmless."
An official stated that the graphic was not part of the original presentation and that it was behind Trump, but the president moved it during the presentation to show how bad Dorian could be.
NOAA referred questions to the White House whose press service did not immediately respond to inquiries about the map.
A NOAA spokesman also declined to answer whether Alabama was ever in the cone of the impact, saying it would have to be tracked because it did not have the information in front of it.
"Alabama will NOT see impacts from # Dorian. We repeat, no effects from Hurricane # Dorian will be felt in Alabama. The system will remain too far east," the branch tweeted.
CNN meteorologists say a forecast Friday afternoon shows that one-tenth of one county in extreme southwest Alabama is included in one model, but this map is a little like what Trump showed on Wednesday. And the official song from the National Hurricane Center never shows the traces of Dorian entering the Gulf of Mexico, as Trump claims.
"I know Alabama was in the original forecast," Trump said on Wednesday, when asked about the image he showed, adding that there were other maps indicating that Alabama was "hit very hard."
Asked if the black line over Alabama was made with a permanent marker, Trump replied, "I don't know. I don't know."
A source familiar with the matter said that the Department of Homeland Security, which manages the Federal Emergency Management Agency, did not provide the modified map that Trump showed in the Oval Office.
"The card was not brought by DHS for this briefing," the source said.
The text at the bottom of Trump's card tweets that "If something in this chart causes confusion, ignore the whole product." In addition, statements from the National Hurricane Center are said to "replace this product."
Pam Brown, Gregory Wallace, Jeremy Diamond and Betsy Klein contributed to this report.