Trump campaigns in Erie as hurricane hits Florida
As Hurricane Michael pounded the Southeast on Wednesday, President Donald Trump took shelter at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, where he sought to boost Republicans before the midterms.
Trump acknowledged the hurricane at the top of his rally in Erie, offering his “thoughts and prayers” to those in the storm’s path and promising to “spare no effort” in the response. He promised to travel to Florida “very shortly.”
Before he left Washington, Trump had said he faced a “quagmire” because “thousands of people” were already lined up for the event. After landing ahead of a fundraiser and rally, he said the situation was being “very well covered” and that he’d be back to Washington
During a hurricane briefing at the White House, Trump discussed the power of the storm. His Homeland Security secretary and the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency described it as a “Gulf Coast hurricane of the worst kind.”
President Donald Trump talks with reporters after arriving at Erie International Airport for a campaign rally at Erie Insurance Arena, Wednesday in Erie, Pa.