Trump Postpones Saturday Rally Over Tropical Storm

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in Maryland. He covers U.S. and world news.
July 10, 2020Updated: July 10, 2020

President Donald Trump is postponing a rally that was slated to take place on Saturday in New Hampshire, the White House said.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters traveling with Trump on Friday to Florida that the rally will still take place, but not for another week or two.

The reason for the delay is Tropical Storm Fay, she said.

Saturday’s rally was scheduled for Portsmouth International Airport.

The outdoor event was going to “have a big crowd,” Trump said on “New Hampshire Today, with Jack Heath” earlier Friday.

“I have never seen enthusiasm like we have. Even if you go back four years—that was great enthusiasm—this tops it,” he added later.

Trump advisers were less sure of how big the crowd would be.

“I think it’s going to be difficult to tell from,” Trump campaign director of strategic communications, Marc Lotter, told Heath, adding later: “I don’t have a good guess on that right now.”

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Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, accompanied by his wife Ann Romney holds a rally at Portsmouth International Airport in Newington, N.H., in a Nov. 3, 2012, file photograph. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images)

“I think one of the things that we can take away from Tulsa is that people can now look at these rallies and watch them through different platforms,” he added.

“And there will be many who want to come out and be a part of that energy, part of the electricity, see Air Force One, and see the president. And if you happen to be someone who might be at high-risk for a negative outcome for COVID, or if someone in your family is, we’d encourage you to stay home.”

The campaign says 22 million people watched the rally remotely.

Corey Lewandowski, another Trump campaign adviser, said Thursday on the same radio show: “I learned from the Tulsa, Oklahoma, thing, never make an expectation.”

“I say we get three people,” he added, laughing.

Trump said he feels good about his chances for another term but feels media outlets working against him have caused his chances to drop from 100 percent.

“I think there’s a tremendous, hidden group of people out there, just like last time. But I think this time, it’s got even more spirit,” he told the radio host.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, planned to greet Trump when his plane touched down in the state but wasn’t going to attend the rally.

“As the governor, I try to be extra cautious for myself and the family,” Sununu told reporters this week.

The Portsmouth event was going to be the Trump campaign’s first rally since Tulsa.

A number of people who attended that event later tested positive for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the disease COVID-19.

They included Herman Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate, and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle.