“To ensure that all resources of the federal government are focused on the arriving storm, I have decided to send our Vice President Mike Pence to Poland this weekend in my place,” Trump said. “It’s something very important for me to be here. This storm looks like it could be a very, very big one indeed.”
Trump called Polish officials shortly before coming out to the Rose Garden to announce he would no longer be traveling there this weekend, because he needed to monitor the hurricane, a White House official said.
Because it’s four days out, the range of potential landfall spots is vast — from the Florida Keys to southeast Georgia. And the center may pause at sea shortly before landfall — leaving its outer bands to drench much of Florida with lots of rain.
Trump, in the Rose Garden on Thursday, said he spoke with Polish President Andrzej Duda and offered his warmest wishes.
His trip — slated to mark the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II — will be rescheduled, he said.
The news came during a White House Rose Garden event about the US Space Command.
“Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth. Their political system is broken and their politicians are either Incompetent or Corrupt. Congress approved Billions of Dollars last time, more than anyplace else has ever gotten, and it is sent to Crooked Pols. No good!” he wrote, adding: “And by the way, I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to Puerto Rico!”
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Betsy Klein, Jason Hanna, Madeline Holcombe and Paul P. Murphy contributed to this report.