President Trump’s re-election campaign on Thursday postponed a planned rally in swing-state North Carolina due to high winds from Tropical Storm Zeta.
“Because of a wind advisory issued with gusts reaching 50 miles per hour and other weather conditions, the outdoor Fayetteville, NC rally has been postponed until Monday,” the campaign said following his rally in Tampa with First Lady Melania.
A White House spokesman told reporters on Air Force One that Trump will still visit the Fort Bragg military base near Fayetteville for a planned event with troops.
Trump is headlining multiple rallies per day in the final stretch before the Nov. 3 election. On Thursday afternoon, he hosted a large rally in Tampa, Florida.
Zeta struck Louisiana on Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane, but weakened to a tropical storm. Its winds cut power to a reported 2.6 million homes and businesses across the South.
The sprawling storm will soak DC and New York City on Thursday night before blowing out to sea on Friday.
Trump is known for bullishness when it comes to traveling in poor weather. In 2018, Air Force One circled an airport in South Carolina for more than an hour during a storm, including making a failed landing attempt. “It is Air Force One. I said, ‘Doesn’t this go through?’ And it does,” he told rallygoers when he finally arrived.
Trump is devoting much of his time to base-energizing rallies ahead of Tuesday as he tries to pull off an upset victory against Democrat Joe Biden, who leads in most polls.
Trump is scheduled to host rallies on Friday in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. On Saturday, he will headline three rallies in Pennsylvania. On Sunday, he will visit Michigan, Georgia and Florida.
The rescheduled North Carolina rally — now happening Monday — will split Trump’s attention with at least three other election-eve rallies. He’s also booked for events in Miami, Scranton, Pa., and Grand Rapids, Mich.
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