Trump cancels Mississippi rally due to hurricane

Trump cancels Mississippi rally due to hurricane
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams Biden swipes at Trump: 'Presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart' GOP sues California over Newsom's vote-by-mail order 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 WickerGOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill Senators weigh traveling amid coronavirus ahead of Memorial Day Hillicon Valley: Facebook permanently shifting thousands of jobs to remote work | Congressional action on driverless cars hits speed bump during pandemic | Republicans grill TikTok over data privacy concerns 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 JonesExperts warn Georgia's new electronic voting machines vulnerable to potential intrusions, malfunctions Georgia restores 22,000 voter registrations after purge Stacey Abrams group files emergency motion to stop Georgia voting roll purge MORE (R-N.C.) asked Trump on Monday to expedite an emergency declaration in anticipation of the storm's arrival.