UPDATE: Trump has to cancel Wilmington rally because of weather

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Donald Trump had to cancel his first planned rally Saturday since the start of his criminal hush money trial because of a storm in North Carolina, an added complication for the former president and presumptive Republican nominee as he juggles legal troubles and his rematch against President Joe Biden.

Trump called into the rally near the Wilmington airport less than an hour before he was scheduled to take the stage and apologized to a few thousand supporters who had gathered throughout the afternoon.

Trump promised to reschedule a rally at the same location, with a “bigger and better” event.

The cancellation underscores the difficulty Trump faces as he tries to manage a presidential bid with a criminal trial in New York that will keep him in court for most of the week. Opening arguments are expected in the trial on Monday.

Voters who had assembled were ready to stand by Trump, echoing his claims that multiple pending criminal indictments are an effort to take down the presumptive Republican nominee — and squelch the people who first propelled Trump eight years ago and want to return him to the White House again.

See below for the previous story:

Former President Trump is headed to Wilmington today.

Trump is holding a campaign rally on Saturday, April 20th at the Aero Center.

This comes a day after the jury was seated in Trump’s criminal trial in New York.

This is his first public appearance in the Wilmington area since 2022, when he rallied support for U.S. Senator Ted Budd.

Doors for the event will open at 3:00 p.m. with remarks from Trump at 7:00 p.m.