Trump postpones New Hampshire rally ‘a week or two’ due to impending major storm – The Sun

DONALD Trump's New Hampshire rally has been postponed due to an impending major storm.

The event will now happen in "a week or two," Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Friday.

Just minutes before the event was canceled, Trump told reporters: "Tropical Storm Fay is probably going to be hitting a place called New Jersey, a good place, pretty soon.

"So we are on the watch, we are fully prepared, FEMA's ready in case it's bad – shouldn't be too bad, but you never know."

Tropical Storm Fay, the sixth named tropical storm of the season, is set to batter New York City with heavy rain as it travels along the East Coast.

Rainfall is also forecast across the mid-Atlantic coast into southern New England but the storm is expected to weaken as it moves inland.

The storm is likely to produce between three and five inches of rain, potentially causing flash flooding.

A flash flood watch was already issued in parts of New Jersey on Thursday night.

Coastal areas from the mid-Atlantic to Long Island and southern New England may see wind gusts over 30mph and there will be dangerous surf and rip currents along parts of the East Coast.

The storm will follow a similar pattern to that of 2012's Hurricane Sandy.

Rainfall is expected to hit New Hampshire on Friday evening and quickly pass through the state by Saturday morning.

The outdoor rally was scheduled to take place in Portsmouth on Saturday.

It would have been Trump's first campaign event since his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which took place three weeks ago.

Around the time of the rally, eight of the president's campaign staffers tested positive for coronavirus and dozens of Secret Service members were told to self-quarantine after two agents also tested positive.

Dozens of supporters were seen at the event not wearing face masks and flouting social distancing guidelines.

However, the president's team was set to enhance safety precautions for this weekend's rally.

In a press release, Hogan Gidley, Trump's campaign press secretary, said attendees would be provided with face masks that they would be "strongly encouraged" to wear.

"We look forward to so many freedom-loving patriots coming to the rally and celebrating America, the greatest country in the history of the world."

Gidley added there would be "ample access" to hand sanitizer at the rally.

This weekend's event would have also been a chance for Trump to redeem himself after he was ridiculed for the small crowd in Tulsa.

Prior to the rally, Trump and his re-election campaign boasted that nearly one million people registered online to attend the rally at the BOK Center, which holds 19,000 seats, but under 6,200 supporters attended.

After sorting through the sign-ups, the Trump campaign admitted that about 300,000 were fake, Politco reported.

Advisers further estimated that only between 200,000 and 300,000 people lived within immediate driving distance, the outlet claimed.

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