Trump Faced 'Quagmire,' Went Ahead With Rally

As Hurricane Michael batters Florida
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 11, 2018 12:20 AM CDT
Updated Oct 11, 2018 2:00 AM CDT
President Trump pauses as he speaks at a campaign rally at Erie Insurance Arena, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Erie, Pa.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – As Hurricane Michael pounded Florida on Wednesday, President Trump took shelter at a campaign event 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." He added: "We will always pull through. ... We will always be successful at what we do." Then Trump turned back to politics. With weeks to go before the critical November elections, Trump and his fellow Republicans are engaged in an all-out midterms blitz, seeking to unify the GOP and stave off Democratic energy at the polls, the AP reports.

That Trump kept his appointment in Erie underscored the importance of this effort to Republicans. Earlier in the day, Trump received a hurricane briefing at the White House on the Category 4 storm. He told reporters he faced a "quagmire" about whether to attend the Pennsylvania rally because "thousands of people" were already lined up for the event. He ultimately decided to attend, a move he criticized President Obama for six years ago after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. "Yesterday Obama campaigned with JayZ & Springsteen while Hurricane Sandy victims across NY & NJ are still decimated by Sandy. Wrong!" Trump tweeted on Nov. 6, 2012.

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