Trump cancels Mississippi rally due to hurricane

Trump cancels Mississippi rally due to hurricane
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE is canceling a rally in Mississippi in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.

“Regrettably, we must cancel the planned Make America Great Again rally in Jackson, Miss., this Friday, Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of Donald J. Trump for President Inc., said in a statement. “With Hurricane Florence on its way, we determined that this is the safest decision."

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The president had planned a rally to support Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerTrump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Tech giants defend efforts against extremist content MORE (R-Miss.) in their reelection bids this November.

Trump has endorsed both Hyde-Smith and Wicker.

"Cindy is honored to have President Trump's endorsement and support in this year's election," Hyde-Smith's campaign wrote in a statement Monday. "However, as our neighbors on the East Coast prepare for Hurricane Florence's landfall, we agree with the decision to cancel this Friday's rally."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in the path of the storm," the statement concluded. 

The hurricane was upgraded to a Category 4 storm early Monday afternoon, with sustained winds at 130 mph.

It is expected to develop into an extremely dangerous storm.

Hurricane Florence, which is currently headed toward North and South Carolina, is anticipated to make landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning. 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) and Rep. Walter JonesWalter Beaman JonesRepublican Greg Murphy wins special election in NC's 3rd District Early voting extended in NC counties impacted by Dorian ahead of key House race The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina special election poses test for GOP ahead of 2020 MORE (R-N.C.) asked Trump on Monday to expedite an emergency declaration in anticipation of the storm's arrival.