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Trump Refuses To Cancel Campaign Rally As Rescue Crews Race To Find Survivors After Hurricane Michael

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Trump Refuses To Cancel Campaign Rally As Rescue Crews Race To Find Survivors After Hurricane Michael





President Trump held a campaign rally on Wednesday night in Erie, Pa., even as search and rescue crews continued a desperate search for survivors hours after Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm to hit the mainland United States in nearly 50 years, slammed into Mexico Beach, Florida.

“Departing the @WhiteHouse for Erie, Pennsylvania. I cannot disappoint the thousands of people that are there – and the thousands that are going. I look forward to seeing everyone this evening,” he wrote in a tweet explaining his decision to attend the rally.




Earlier in the day, the president echoed his belief that it would be unfair to cancel the rally on such short notice.

“Well, I hear they have thousands of people lined up and so we are in a little bit of a quagmire,” he told reporters at the White House.

“I don’t want to disappoint people. So, we’ll probably go because what are you going to do? Tell thousands of people who’ve been waiting there all night that we’re not coming? That’s not fair either,” he said.

During the 2012 presidential election, Trump attacked then-President Obama for making a campaign appearance nearly two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit the New York metropolitan area.

“Yesterday Obama campaigned with JayZ & Springsteen while Hurricane Sandy victims across NY & NJ are still decimated by Sandy. Wrong!” he tweeted at the time.





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