President Trump: 'Godspeed' to those in Hurricane Michael's path

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for a campaign rally in Erie, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump is kicking off a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, by telling everyone in the path of Hurricane Michael that the nation's thoughts and prayers are with them.

Trump says the storm that reached landfall on Florida's Panhandle Wednesday afternoon is one of the biggest the country's ever seen.

And he's wishing those affected "all the best," saying:

"Godspeed. God bless you all. It's a bad one."

Trump is also assuring those affected that the federal government is working in close coordination with local officials and says they will spare no effort, no expense and no resources "to help these great fellow citizens of ours who are going through a tough time right now."

Asked why he didn't cancel the rally and fundraiser because of the storm, Trump told reporters earlier he didn't want to disappoint his audience.

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