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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Hurricane Florence forced President Donald Trump to cancel an appearance in Cape Girardeau, but preparations for a presidential visit can still be seen throughout the river town. 

The President was set to land at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The plan was for Mr. Trump to speak at the Show Me Center at 7 p.m., but the hurricane headed for the east coast made the campaign change their plans. 

In a statement released this morning, Chief Operating Officer of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc, Michael Glassner said, "Regrettably, we must cancel the planned Make America Great Again rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri this Thursday. With Hurricane Florence on its way, we determined that this is the safest decision."

The City of Cape Girardeau found out that President Donald Trump was coming to the river town on Friday. Sergeant Rich Schmidt said the city's police department worked to prepare for POTUS to come to town. 

"It was a lot of work and we were armpit deep in it already," Schmidt said. "We were almost done, we were almost ready and then it's like, well he can't come and we all just said okay."

The President was coming to tell Missourians to vote for Republican U.S. Senator Candidate Josh Hawley in November. 

Cape Girardeau's City Manager, Scott Meyer said the President coming to town wasn't the only major event going on in the city. 

"We have our fair going on this week which is a pretty big deal in itself," Meyer said. "We have resources there and you still have to protect the city. You can't abandon the rest of the city because you're going to have events."

Sergeant Schmidt said his department had to reach out for more resources with Mr. Trump coming to town. 

"We reached out to everyone and they would say they could only give us two or three, but we took them because we couldn't do it by ourselves," Schmidt said. "We don't have enough assets to fulfill the requirements by the Secret Service."

For supporters like Steven Goodman who was already in Cape Girardeau for the rally, even cancelling the rally wasn't enough to send him back to his home state of Idaho. 

"That wasn't going to stop me from coming especially when the supporters are here," Goodman said. "So why should I leave? They are still going to be just as supportive even if he wasn't here,"

No word yet from the campaign on when or if they will reschedule President Trump's rally in Cape Girardeau. 

The President also canceled his rally on Friday in Jackson, Mississippi.

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