US President Donald Trump abruptly called off a weekend trip to Poland on Thursday (29 August), saying he wanted to stay home and make sure the federal government is prepared for a looming hurricane headed for Florida.
Trump, who returned to the White House on Monday after the G7 summit in France, announced that Vice President Mike Pence would take his place for the trip to Warsaw, intended to mark the beginning 80 years ago of World War Two.
“The storm looks like it could be a very, very big one indeed,” Trump said in the Rose Garden during an event to officially establish the US Space Command.
Hurricane Dorian, projected to become a Category 4 storm, appeared to be on a track to hit Florida, with his own Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach on the Atlantic Coast possibly in its path.
Trump had already canceled a visit to Denmark that was to have been combined with the Poland stop. He said last week he was postponing the trip to Denmark after the negative response from that country about his idea for the United States to purchase Greenland.
Dorian was predicted to have winds reaching 209 km per hour in 72 hours, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.
That would make it a Category 4 storm, the second-strongest on the Saffir-Simpson scale for measuring hurricane intensity.
Trump yet again accused journalists of spreading fake news during the G7 when media reported that his administration was looking into the use of nuclear weapons to dispel hurricanes.