President Donald Trump said he would still travel to a political rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, despite a category 4 hurricane hitting Florida.
Trump admitted he was in a “bit of a quagmire” about whether or not to go, noting that “thousands” of supporters were already in Erie, Pennsylvania, for the rally on Wednesday night.
“I don’t want to disappoint people,” he said. “We’ll probably go because what are you going to do? Tell thousands of people that have been waiting all night that we’re not coming? That’s not fair.”
Ahead of Trump rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, huge video screen shows replays of 2016 election night to cheers from crowd. pic.twitter.com/RaXaPeoM4B
— Harry Horton (@harry_horton) October 10, 2018
I'm in Erie, PA today to cover Donald Trump's visit for a MAGA Rally in support of U.S. Senate candidate Lou Barletta. Some supporters have been waiting outside the arena since 4 a.m., according to those at the front of the line. pic.twitter.com/LluV7R5bT1
— Alexandra Wimley (@alexandrawimley) October 10, 2018
The president commented on the issue after reporters at the White House asked him if it was “appropriate” to hold a campaign rally on the day of the hurricane.
Trump said that federal officials and first responders were prepared for the storm in Florida.
“We have our people ready,” he said. “I think it will be just fine.”
Later Wednesday afternoon, Trump announced his decision on Twitter.
Couldn’t let these great people down. They have been lined up since last night – see you soon Pennsylvania! pic.twitter.com/jSrsmncw85
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2018