Trump cancels 2nd rally as Hurricane Florence looms

Trump cancels 2nd rally as Hurricane Florence looms

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South Carolina National Guard soldiers from the 118th Forward Support Company transfer diesel fuel into tanker trucks in North Charleston on Monday in preparation for Hurricane Florence. The diesel fuel will be used to support partnered civilian agencies and safeguard citizens. Approximately 800 soldiers and airmen have been mobilized to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts as forecasters project Hurricane Florence will make landfall in North Carolina or South Carolina on Thursday evening. (Sgt. Brian Calhoun/South Carolina National Guard)

WASHINGTON — The Trump campaign canceled a rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Tuesday, the second political event the president has scrapped amid concerns surrounding Hurricane Florence.

“With Hurricane Florence on its way, we determined that this is the safest decision,” Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.

The rally, initially scheduled for Thursday, was aimed at boosting Republican senatorial candidate Josh Hawley in his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.

On Monday, the campaign canceled a Friday rally in Jackson, Mississippi.

Florence is currently a category 4 hurricane.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a reconnaissance aircraft shows that the storm has weakened slightly, but could strengthen later today.

It is expected to hit North or South Carolina Thursday evening, impacting the entire coastline.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in portions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

President Donald Trump spoke with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA administrator Brock Long via phone on Monday and he is scheduled to meet with officials in person Tuesday afternoon.

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