Trump postpones New Hampshire campaign rally, citing Tropical Storm Fay

John Fritze and Michael Collins, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is postponing a campaign rally planned for New Hampshire on Saturday because of the looming Tropical Storm Fay, the White House announced. 

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed the postponement to reporters traveling with the president on Friday, citing the "big storm." She said the event would delayed "a week or two."

The decision follows a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month that drew smaller than expected crowds and raised questions about the campaign's ability to hold large campaign events during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Campaign officials had hyped that event and boasted that they had received requests for 1 million tickets. Turnout was far smaller than expected, with just 6,200 people showing up and leaving Trump addressing a lot of empty seats in a 19,000-capacity arena.

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Trump’s New Hampshire rally, which was to be held at an airport hangar at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, was scheduled as the president is trying to recharge his struggling campaign amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases and as polls show him trailing the presumptive Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, in November.

President Donald Trump speaks during a "Salute to America" event on the South Lawn,
President Donald Trump speaks during a "Salute to America" event on the South Lawn,

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