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    Julia Aylen wades through waist deep water carrying her pet dog as she is rescued from her flooded home during Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Practically parking over the Bahamas for a day and a half, Dorian pounded away at the islands Tuesday in a watery onslaught that devastated thousands of homes, trapped people in attics and crippled hospitals. Julia Aylen is the daughter of Photojournalist Tim Aylen, author of this photo. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

    Twitter Twirls as Trump Says Cruise Ships Can Provide Shelter to Dorian Victims

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    US President Donald Trump earlier sparked controversy by repeatedly claiming that Hurricane Dorian was set to smash into Alabama, despite this contradicting forecasts by government meteorologists.

    US President Donald Trump has gone on Twitter to suggest that cruise ships could help Bahamians hit by Hurricane Dorian.

    He also cited the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) who were asked “to move people in the badly hit sections of the Bahamas to other sections of the Bahamas that were not hit.”

    Most netizens quipped at Trump’s remarks, recalling that cruise ship companies including Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Norwegian Cruise Line Holding Ltd. have already been involved in relief efforts in the Bahamas where the death toll climbed to 43 on Saturday.

    “How about flying people to the famous Trump Doral hotel. You have so many empty rooms there,” one user tweeted while another warned that President Trump “can never be trusted.”

    Some others, however, signalled their fully-fledged support for Trump’s actions, thanking him for “all of his concern.”

    The tweets come amid public uproar over Trump’s drive to stick to his story that Alabama could be among the states hit by Hurricane Dorian, despite the fact that this has already been refuted by the National Weather Service’s Twitter account.


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