Trump meets with DC officials for storm prep

Trump meets with DC officials for storm prep
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President Trump on Monday tweeted out a photo of himself meeting with D.C. officials ahead of a snow storm expected to hammer the Northeast. 

"Meeting w/ Washington, D.C. and Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld about incoming winter storm preparations here in D.C." Trump tweeted Monday. 

"Everyone be safe!"

A snowstorm Monday night is expected to hit the Washington region, as well as New York and Boston areas.

The bad weather already forced the White House to postpone a scheduled meeting between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The meeting has been rescheduled for March 17.

Trump said during a cabinet meeting earlier in the day that he had spoken with Homeland Security and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is ready to provide assistance.

“I’ve been receiving the latest information on the blizzard forecast and I think we’re in very good shape. We’re prepared. Everybody in government is fully prepared and ready,” Trump said, according to pool reports. “Let’s hope it’s not going to be as bad as some people are predicting. Usually it isn’t.”

Forecasted snowfall totals vary for the D.C. area and the Office of Personnel Management said it would make a final decision on work for federal employees early Tuesday morning. 

Metro will be operating on a Saturday rail schedule on Tuesday, meaning trains will operate about every 12 minutes on each line. Bus service will be severely restricted, while Metro’s paratransit service will be completely suspended.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said city officials will wait to decide whether schools and city government offices will be closed due to the storm, according to The Washington Post.

"We'll wait and see what's on the ground," she said.

After the White House meeting, Bowser said she was invited to meet with Trump to share how "Washington operates in the region when we have inclement weather and especially how the federal government impacts our decisions." 

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said, "It's still winter, and this storm is coming," even though the area has seen warmer temperatures recently.