‘This is amazing!’ Donald Trump shares dramatic photo of a lightning bolt behind Air Force One as weather forces him to cancel tour of Hurricane Dorian damage
- The President tweeted the picture after landing in North Carolina on Monday
- Bad weather forced him to cancel a helicopter trip to survey Dorian damage
- He then went to a rally in Fayetteville to back a Republican House candidate
Donald Trump shared a dramatic picture of a lightning strike behind Air Force One as the weather forced him to abandon a tour of Hurricane Dorian damage.
The President tweeted the picture last night of a vertical lightning bolt flashing in the gloomy skies at a Marine Corps air station in North Carolina.
‘Departing MCAS Cherry Point in North Carolina for Fayetteville, North Carolina. This is amazing!,’ he wrote.
Trump had planned a helicopter tour with Gov. Roy Cooper to view the damage but was briefed on the presidential plane instead.
Donald Trump shared this dramatic picture of a lightning strike behind Air Force One at an air base in North Carolina yesterday
The President said ‘this is amazing’ as the weather forced him to abandon a tour of Hurricane Dorian damage
The lightning struck shortly after he arrived at the air station in Havelock and the Secret Service told the waiting crowd that Trump would not be coming.
Reporter Steve Brusk said the picture was taken from where journalists were standing.
Gov. Cooper, a Democrat, says there were three deaths in the state connected to the storm and 3,500 people are still without power.
Floodwaters receding from North Carolina’s Outer Banks have left behind a muddy trail of destruction.
Dorian pounded parts of the islands on Friday as it worked its way up the east coast after battering the Bahamas.
Trump (pictured yesterday) had planned a helicopter tour with Gov. Roy Cooper to view the damage but was briefed on the presidential plane instead
Cooper says he appreciated the president’s efforts to view the damage personally and called on the administration to approve an expedited disaster declaration.
Trump then flew to Fayetteville where he held a rally for Republican Dan Bishop in a closely-watched special election that is taking place today.
Bishop is running against Democrat Dan McCready in a Republican-leaning congressional district.
Last year’s election was never certified in the district because of a fraud probe and the North Carolina Board of Elections ordered a re-run.
Trump said a vote for the Democrats was ‘a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream’.
He urged North Carolina voters to ‘take the first steps’ toward removing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ‘winning the back the House in 2020.’