WATCH: Trump gets defensive when asked if he directed White House chief of staff to go after weather forecasters
Composite image, Donald Trump and Mick Mulvaney (photos by Gage Skidmore)

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that White House chief of staff Mike Mulvaney instructed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to pressure climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to say President Trump was right when he falsely claimed Hurricane Dorian was heading towards Alabama.

Asked about whether he asked Mulvaney to pressure Ross, the president denied it and blamed the media. "No, I never did that. ...That’s fake news,” Trump insisted.

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