Florida is about to be slammed with another major hurricane. Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit the Sunshine State approaching or reaching category four strength sometime next week. President Trump was expected to fly to Poland to attend a World War II commemoration ceremony but will send Vice President Mike Pence instead. Trump is staying stateside to monitor the situation in Florida (via WaPo):
President Trump announced Thursday that he is canceling a planned trip to Poland and will remain in the United States to monitor Hurricane Dorian, which is headed toward a potential landfall in Florida or elsewhere along the East Coast by early next week.
Vice President Pence will make the trip instead, Trump said.
“It’s something very important for me to be here. The storm looks like it could be a very, very big one indeed,” Trump said in the Rose Garden of the White House during an event focused on the new space command.
Trump was set to travel to Poland this weekend to participate in a World War II commemoration ceremony.
Trump was never enthusiastic about the trip and had already shortened it twice. He abruptly called off the second half of the planned trip, to Denmark, earlier this month.
Trump canceled the Danish leg apparently over the latter’s refusal to put Greenland up for sale. The snub was not the best in terms of diplomatic ties. In fact, one could argue that this was an unforced error by Trump, but the media overreacted of course. Based on the reaction, you’d think Trump had called the Queen Elizabeth the b-word or something. I had forgotten the liberal media’s extensive coverage about how important U.S.-Danish ties are that would warrant such a reaction. When will Trump be bashed for forgoing Poland? Time will tell.