President Trump Postpones Iowa Rally Due to Severe Weather May 13 2023
"Unfortunately, due to the Tornado warnings in Des Moines, we are forced to cancel today's outdoor rally at the Lauridsen Amphitheater," Trump said on Truth Social. "Stay tuned, we will reschedule soon. Be safe out there!"
A tornado watch is in effect for Des Moines County in Iowa until 8 p.m. ET tonight with a "hazardous weather" warning, quarter-sized hail, heavy rain, and potential tornadoes.
The rally was set to occur on the same day as GOP rival Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who is speaking in Sioux City and Grand Rapids.
For President Trump's rally, guest speakers were scheduled to start at 5 p.m. ET with the President speaking at 8 p.m. ET. The second trip to this key presidential primary state since March, President Trump is still leading DeSantis by 30 percentage points, 52.1% to 22.5% (albeit DeSantis has not officially announced his candidacy).
President Trump said he will return to the state as soon as he can. "We will be there at the first available date. We are proud to receive the support of Iowa's most conservative and committed Republicans. These grassroots leaders have long fought for the America First Movement and are just the beginning of an army that President Trump is building to win the First-in-the-Nation Republican caucuses."