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Trump NH rally postponed 'for safety reasons' over tropical storm

White House Press Secretary says Trump's rally in Portsmouth will be delayed 'by a week or two' citing Tropical Storm Fay.
Credit: AP
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — President Donald Trump's rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been postponed "for safety reasons" over Tropical Storm Fay, Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh announced

“The rally scheduled for Saturday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been postponed for safety reasons because of Tropical Storm Fay,” Murtaugh said in the announcement. “It will be rescheduled and a new date will be announced soon.”

The outdoor rally was set for 8 p.m. on Saturday at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.

Pool reports say White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters traveling to Florida with the president on Friday that the rally is "delayed by a week or two," blaming Tropical Storm Fay. 

However, NEWS CENTER Maine meteorologists forecast the weather for Portsmouth Saturday night is partly cloudy and 78-degrees. 

According to Seacoast Online, Portsmouth Mayor Rick Becksted and city councilors are relieved by the announcement. 

"We should have a nice weekend," Becksted said. “The heightened sense of everyone and the unknown variables have been eliminated for now."

Portsmouth City Councilor Deaglan McEachern, who led the mask mandate effort this week ahead of the planned rally, "I am relieved that we're safe for now in Portsmouth," according to Seacoast Online.

The Trump 2020 campaign says the rally will be rescheduled and a new date will be announced "soon."

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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