President Donald Trump has canceled plans for a Friday rally in Mississippi in support of Republican U.S. Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker.
“We received confirmation from the White House this morning that the Trump rally has been canceled due to the projected hurricane threat to the East Coast,” Jennifer Dunagin, communications director for the Mississippi Republican Party, said Monday.
Hurricane Florence has strengthened into a Category 4 with sustained winds of 130 mph and is projected to hit the Carolinas late this week.
Dunagin said no rescheduling information is available.
The Trump campaign issued a statement about the cancellation, calling it the “safest decision,” with no information about rescheduling.
“Regrettably, we must cancel the planned Make America Great Again Rally in Jackson …,” said Michael Glassner, chief operating officer for Donald J. Trump for President Inc. “With Hurricane Florence on its way, we determined that this was the safest decision.”
Gov. Phil Bryant said he appreciates the president’s decision to cancel or postpone the rally with a deadly hurricane barreling toward the U.S. Bryant said Mississippi is making plans to help if needed.
“MEMA leadership has already been in contact with their counterparts in the affected areas and stands ready to assist when that becomes necessary,” Bryant said, referring to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. “I would ask all Mississippians to join me and Deborah in praying for those in the path of Hurricane Florence.”
The Hyde-Smith campaign issued a statement on Monday saying, “we agree with the decision to cancel this Friday’s rally.”
“Mississippi residents understand what it’s like to prepare for, endure and recover from a major hurricane,” the campaign statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in the path of the storm.”
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SOURCE: Clarion Ledger, by Geoff Pender and Harold Gater