President Trump's Rally In New Hampshire Suspended Over Tropical Storm Fay
President Trump’s rally set to be held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire this weekend has been suspended over concerns about the tropical storm headed to the area, according to a report by Politico.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced the suspension, saying the event would be delayed by “a week or two” due to a “big storm”. The Trump campaign’s communication director Tim Murtaugh also stated that the rally had “been postponed for safety reasons because of Tropical Storm Fay. It will be rescheduled, and a new date will be announced soon.”
Trump tweeted about the cancellation, writing “With Tropical Storm Fay heading towards the Great State of New Hampshire this weekend, we are forced to reschedule our Portsmouth, New Hampshire Rally at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. Stay safe, we will be there soon! #MAGA2020.”
Tropical Storm Fay is expected to produce heavy rainfall along the east coast “from Delaware northward into New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, southeast New York, and southern New England.” The National Weather Service forecasts an 80 percent chance of precipitation and a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms for the day that the rally was set to take place on.
Trump referenced the storm before the cancellation was confirmed, saying “Tropical Storm Fay is probably going to be hitting a place called New Jersey, a good place, pretty soon,” he said. “So we are under watch. We’re fully prepared. FEMA’s ready, in case it’s bad. Shouldn’t be too bad, but you never know. You never know.”
In addition to the storm, there was also fear present about the effects of the events on coronavirus cases. After Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, campaign officials stated that the outdoor New Hampshire event would provide attendees access to hand sanitizer and face masks, which they would be “strongly encouraged” to wear.
The Trump campaign’s director of press communications Erin Perrine said that, “We know that putting President Trump in front of the American people, removing the media bias and filter, is when he shines at his brightest,” in her justification of the large-scale events.
The New Hampshire rally, she says, was postponed “out of an abundance of caution” and because “we want to make sure that we put safety first for everybody.”
Read the full report here.