The weather for Independence Day is looking a little dodgy, and that’s threatening to put a damper on President Trump‘s much-ballyhooed Salute to America event set to take place at the National Mall.
According to the Department of the Interior, the event will go forward “rain or shine,” but that leaves a big question mark on attendance numbers and the expected flyover of military jets.
“Visitor safety is always a top priority and we are working with our interagency and law enforcement colleagues to ensure the safety of all who attend, including in the event of inclement weather during the day,” Interior Department spokesperson Molly Block said, according to The Hill.
The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang reported that high heat and humidity with possible scattered storms are expected throughout the day on Thursday.
There’s reportedly no comment from the White House regarding how the possible storms could affect the event.
But it’s not just weather that has some worried about the event’s success. According to a report from POLITICO, the event’s hasty organization is threatening to disappoint the president’s “outsized expectations.”
“They started this too late and everyone has plans already,” Republican donor Dan Eberhart said. “Everyone will be there in spirit, but in reality, people planned their July 4th activities weeks ago.”
According to an unnamed White House aide speaking to POLITICO, organizers are “creating this thing from scratch.”
“There are questions about the ticket distribution and who will show up,” the aide added. “The weather might be bad. Heads are spinning.”
Trump, who puts huge emphasis on crowd size, will likely set off a thunderstorm of his own if this thing is a bust.
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