Trump cam­paigns in Erie as hur­ri­cane hits Flor­ida

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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

shortly.

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.”

EVAN VUCCI — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump talks with re­porters af­ter ar­riv­ing at Erie In­ter­na­tional Air­port for a cam­paign rally at Erie In­sur­ance Arena, Wed­nes­day in Erie, Pa.

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