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Trump cancels North Carolina rally due to storm, promises to 'do it bigger and better'

"We want everybody there to be 100% safe," Trump said.

Published: April 21, 2024 9:16am

Updated: April 21, 2024 10:39am

Former President Donald Trump said he was "devastated" that bad weather forced him to cancel a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, but he promised to make it up with a "bigger and better" campaign event in the future.

"We want everybody there to be 100% safe. There seems to be some thunder and lightning and it's a pretty big storm, so if you don't mind I think we're going to have to just do a raincheck. I'm so sad," Trump said over the rally venue's speakers about 30 minutes before he was set to speak on Saturday. 

The National Weather Service Wilmington, N.C., issued multiple severe thunderstorm warnings for the area on Saturday. 

Trump advised people to leave the rally location, which was at the Wilmington airport, and seek shelter.

"I'm devastated that this could happen, but we want to keep everybody safe. It's the most important thing," Trump also said. "I'm so sorry, but we'll do it again, and we'll do it bigger and better. You have my promise."

The event was scheduled to occur following the first week of Trump's criminal trial in New York ahead of opening arguments Monday. 

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