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Mississippi Trump rally canceled as storm nears East Coast

An official with President Donald Trump’s campaign says they are canceling a trip to Mississippi because Hurricane Florence is approaching the southeastern coast of the U.S.

Michael Glassner, Chief Operating Officer of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., announced the news Monday.

The Trump campaign said last week that he would hold a “Make America Great Again” rally this Friday in Jackson, and that he would speak there for Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, whom he has already endorsed.

Hyde-Smith was appointed to serve temporarily when longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran resigned in April. She faces three challengers in a nominally nonpartisan November special election, and the winner will serve the final two years of the six-year term started by Cochran.

“Cindy is honored to have President Trump’s endorsement and support in this year’s election. However, as our neighbors on the East Coast prepare for Hurricane Florence’s landfall, we agree with the decision to cancel this Friday’s rally,” Melissa Scallan, press secretary for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, said by statement.

“Mississippi residents understand what it’s like to prepare for, endure and recover from a major hurricane. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in the path of the storm,” she continued.

No information was provided on whether the event would be rescheduled for another date.