President Donald Trump said on Thursday he considered postponing his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention to visit states affected by Hurricane Laura.
Speaking at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Trump said he was thinking about pushing the address to Monday, when he would formally accept his party’s nomination. After considering the damage from the hurricane, however, he decided to stay in Washington and announced that he’ll likely visit Texas and Louisiana on Saturday or Sunday.
“It turned out, we got a little bit lucky,” Trump said, arms crossed at a FEMA conference table. “It was very big. It was very powerful. But it passed quickly and so everything’s on schedule.”
Hurricane Laura struck the Louisiana coast near the Texas border early Thursday morning. The Category-4 storm caused mass destruction in the area with winds reaching 150 mph. By Thursday afternoon, Laura had been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Trump is slated to make his RNC address from the White House at the end of Thursday night’s programming.