Trump cancels Mississippi rally due to hurricane

Trump cancels Mississippi rally due to hurricane
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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 signs executive order to boost AI technology Hillicon Valley: Feds looking into Bezos claims about National Enquirer | Amazon reconsidering New York City HQ2 move | Sprint sues AT&T over 5G marketing claims Senate to hold hearing on potential privacy bill 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 JonesHouse pays tribute to Walter Jones GOP leader presses Trump to agree to border deal House passes resolution honoring Walter Jones MORE (R-N.C.) asked Trump on Monday to expedite an emergency declaration in anticipation of the storm's arrival.