Ivanka Trump Reignites #Sharpiegate After Announcing She's Heading to Alabama: 'Will You Be Surveying the Hurricane Damage?'

President Donald Trump's daughter/adviser Ivanka Trump has reignited the furor around her father's "Sharpiegate" snafu after announcing plans to visit Alabama, the state her father erroneously claimed was likely to be hit by Hurricane Dorian.

A week ago, the president had warned that Alabama, along with the Carolinas and Georgia, was "most likely to be hit harder than anticipated."

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham, Alabama, was quick to correct the U.S. leader's claim, asserting in a tweet that "Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian" as "the system will remain too far east."

Despite the NWS's assertions, Trump insisted throughout the week that his claim had been accurate, with the U.S. leader even bringing out a map that appeared to have been modified with a Sharpie to show an altered projection of Hurricane Dorian's path.

On Sunday, Ivanka Trump learned that her father's "Sharpiegate" blunder had yet to be forgotten by the American public after she tweeted out plans to visit Alabama, which was not affected by Hurricane Dorian despite the president's early predictions.

"Will you be surveying the hurricane damage there?" quipped former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi, a frequent Trump critic.

"Two natural disasters in one week?" writer John Pavlovitz jumped in. "Give these poor people a break."

"Bring a Sharpie just in case," joked writer Helen Kennedy.

While some made light about the timing of Ivanka's Alabama visit, others pointed out that while the state was left unscathed by Dorian, the Bahamas were not.

Hanging over the islands for days, Dorian left homes, schools, airports and roads crushed, displacing tens of thousands of people and leaving at least 43 dead, with government officials expecting the final death toll to be significantly higher.

The U.S. Agency for International Development announced over the weekend that it would be providing an additional $1 million in humanitarian assistance, bringing its total contribution to $2.8 million, while the United Nations has provided another $1 million.

Much of that funding will go towards emergency responses, including providing victims of the natural disaster with food, water, shelter and other items.

Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have asked the Trump administration to waive U.S. visa requirements for Bahamian nationals who have been displaced by the Category 5 storm.

As it stands, environmental migrants are not covered by the Geneva Convention on the status of refugees, which seeks to protect those fleeing violence and persecution.

Ivanka is expected to visit the Alabama Robotics Technology Park in Decatur, Alabama, on Tuesday, to announce the expansion of workforce development and apprenticeship opportunities in the state.

The first daughter is expected to tour the park before meeting with students participating in the technology park's apprenticeship program.

Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump
President Donald Trump shakes the had of his daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump during a meeting with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board inside the State Dining Room of the White House on March 6, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Ivanka Trump has reignited the furore over her father's 'Sharpiegate' blunder after tweeting out plans to visit Alabama. Tom Brenner/Getty
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