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Donald Trump's very stormy week

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. 

Meanwhile, 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. 






And that was the week in 17 headlines.