White House counselor Kellyanne Conway suggested Wednesday that President Donald Trump might postpone his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention due to concerns about Hurricane Laura’s potentially devastating impact on the Gulf Coast.
Asked whether Trump would delay his headliner address set to take place on Thursday, the final night of Republicans’ four-day nominating event, Conway told reporters that campaign officials would not rule out a possible adjustment to the convention schedule.
“We never say no around here, because things happen at a volume and velocity around here, and we adapt to events. As of right now, the president plans to speak tomorrow,” Conway said, according to a White House pool report.
Conway’s remarks came as the GOP convention kicked off its third night of programming despite the National Hurricane Center warning of “unsurvivable storm surge” as a result of Laura bearing down on western Louisiana and eastern Texas.
The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall on Wednesday night into early Thursday near the border between the two states, according to The Weather Channel.
Rabbi Aryeh Spero, president of the Conference of Jewish Affairs, referenced the hurricane in the convention’s opening moments Wednesday, praying for “divine protection over our brothers and sisters in the path of storms along our Gulf Coast.”
Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, also invoked the hurricane as she closed out her own speech to the convention audience.
“May God bless and protect the Gulf States in the path of the hurricane, may God bless our troops, and may God continue to bless this incredible country,” she said.
Vice President Mike Pence also addressed the subject. “This is a serious storm. We urge all those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities,” he said in remarks at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry. “Stay safe, and know that we’ll be with you every step of the way to support, rescue, response, and recovery in the days and weeks ahead.“
In addition to the hurricane, Wednesday’s convention programming came amid ongoing civil unrest and incidents of violence that have arisen in Kenosha, Wis., after a police officer shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, multiple times in the back in front of his young children.
The NBA postponed its three playoff games scheduled for Wednesday as players around the league boycotted in response to racism and police brutality. The WNBA followed suit.
Earlier in the day, the Milwaukee Bucks — the NBA’s team from Wisconsin — did not take the floor for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic. In baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds agreed not to play their game.
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