I’m canceling Poland trip because of Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Thursday he is canceling his planned trip to Poland this weekend to “ensure that all resources of the federal government are focused on” confronting Hurricane Dorian as it heads toward the East Coast.
“It’s something very important for me to be here,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden. “The storm looks like it could be a very, very big one indeed.”
Forecasts call for Dorian to increase in intensity and become a Category 4 hurricane, with winds of at least 130 mph, and it could strike the U.S. on Labor Day. The National Hurricane Center says it will “remain an extremely dangerous hurricane through the weekend.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all of the state’s 67 counties in Dorian’s possible path and said he spoke with Trump about preparations.
“Our highest priority is the safety and security of the people in the path of the hurricane,” Trump said.
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Trump had been set to travel to Poland this weekend for a trip to commemorate the start of World War II and told hold meetings with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Trump said that Vice President Mike Pence will travel in his place.
Trump, who returned from the G-7 meeting in France on Monday, was widely applauded for his administration’s handling of Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that smashed ashore in Texas and Louisiana in 2017. But he has faced lingering criticism for the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 hurricane that decimated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands the same year.
Contributing: Ryan W. Miller