Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump skipped an international trip to monitor hurricane coverage at home, but instead he kicked off a weeklong storm over where Hurricane Dorian was headed.
On Sunday, Trump falsely claimed the hurricane was likely to hit Alabama (among other states) and it would be worse than earlier forecasts had suggested. The National Weather Service debunked that claim — but Trump, as is his way, dug in his heels.Over the next week, the President fired off a cluster of tweets and even spoke to reporters from the Oval Office, with the help of an apparently altered (by black marker) visual aid showing the hurricane’s projected path scraping Alabama’s southeast corner. Trump was asked by a reporter whether the black line over Alabama was made with a permanent marker. “I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know,” Trump replied.The hurricane never reached Alabama. Read MoreMeanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence had a storm of his own. His travel plans were shuffled up after Trump sent him to Poland in his stead over the weekend (so Trump could monitor Hurricane Dorian’s path). Pence’s trip included a stop in Ireland, where he had meetings in Dublin and stayed on the other side of the Emerald Isle in Doonbeg, at his boss’ golf resort Trump International Golf Links and Hotel for two nights. The nearly 200-mile commute created a headache for Team Pence, who initially said the President had suggested saying there. The vice president defended the lodging decision on Tuesday by citing his family ties to the town and arguing that the Trump resort made “logical” sense because it could “accommodate the unique footprint that comes with our security detail and other personnel.”Critics — including House Democrats — say taxpayer funds are being used to enrich the President. The House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee this week sent a series of letters requesting documents and other information from the White House, the vice president’s office, the US Secret Service and the Trump Organization about Pence’s stay in Doonbeg.The Point: It was a stormy week for the Trump administration. Monday:Trump went golfing as Hurricane Dorian threatens USWhite House focuses on death penalty in piecemeal gun control packageTuesday:Pentagon diverts $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build Trump’s border wallTrump claimed Dorian could hit Alabama — even after weather service refuted itMcConnell says he won’t take up gun bill unless Trump says he will sign itChicago mayor to Ted Cruz over city shootings: ‘Keep our name out of your mouth’Wednesday:Trump shows apparently altered Dorian trajectory mapPence stays at Trump’s Doonbeg resort hours away from official meetingsUS asylum chief reassigned after critical email publicizedAdministration flips switch on light bulb regulationsThursday:Fact-checking presidential candidates at the CNN climate town hallFormer Trump campaign staffer drops lawsuit but stands by claims he forcibly kissed herCNN, Human Rights Campaign to host Democratic presidential town hall focused on LGBTQ issuesTrump called Fox News correspondent into Oval Office to argue he wasn’t wrong about AlabamaFriday:Howard Schultz drops plans to run as independent candidate in 2020US hiring slows. Economy added 130,000 jobs in AugustDemocrats widen impeachment probe as they confront roadblocksAnd that was the week in 17 headlines.