After Vegas Shooting, Trump Cancels Morgantown Trip

Oct 2, 2017

Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump is canceling a previously scheduled trip to Morgantown.

Trump had scheduled an interview and town hall taping with Sean Hannity of Fox News for Wednesday evening. 

In a Facebook post Monday morning, Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom wrote that the county commission had been informed that Trump will not be coming. Bloom had initially shared news of Trump's planned visit on Saturday. 

In a Monday morning news conference, Trump spoke of the shooting in Las Vegas and announced he planned to visit the city Wednesday. Police say 58 people were killed and more than 500 were injured at a country music festival when a shooter fired hundred of rounds from the 32nd floor of a hotel.

Trump called the shooting "an act of pure evil."

A woman at the White House press office confirmed the cancelation of Trump's Morgantown visit "for planning purposes" by phone, but added that an official statement would also be released.  

A spokesperson for Sean Hannity and Fox News said in an email that the event had been canceled and that the network would "be in touch on whether the interview will be rescheduled."

Wednesday's canceled visit would have marked the third time the president has come to West Virginia since taking office in January. At an appearance at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in July, Trump's speech to the group was met with controversy. Trump also held a rally in Huntington in August, where Governor Jim Justice announced he was switching parties from Democrat to Republican. 

A recent Gallup poll puts Trump's support in West Virginia at 60 percent -- of the highest approval rating in the country. He won all 55 of West Virginia's counties in the 2016 election.