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Trump scraps trip to Poland to monitor Dorian as Florida-bound hurricane may grow into dangerous Category 4 storm

2019-08-29

President Trump is pictured during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

President Trump on Thursday scrapped his Labor Day weekend trip to Poland and said he would stick stateside to monitor Hurricane Dorian as it barrels toward Florida, striking a much different tone than when the storm was expected to hit Puerto Rico.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he’s sending Vice President Pence in his place to the Polish capital of Warsaw for a World War II commemoration ceremony, adding it’s “very important for me to be here for the storm.”

“All resources of the federal government are focused on the arriving storm,” Trump said, adding Dorian is projected to be “a very, very big one indeed.”

The president’s pledge of unequivocal support for Florida sharply contrasted his comments a day earlier, when Dorian was still projected to strike Puerto Rico.

“Puerto Rico is one of the most corrupt places on earth,” Trump tweeted as the storm was heading straight for the U.S. territory. “Their political system is broken and their politicians are either Incompetent or Corrupt…And by the way, I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to Puerto Rico!”

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