October 7, 2016 / 4:10 PM / a year ago

US defense chief scraps Colombia trip as hurricane strikes

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has scrapped plans to leave for Colombia on Saturday over concerns about Hurricane Matthew, including its impact on U.S. military facilities as it strikes the East Coast, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Carter is also accompanying U.S. military planning for any potential role in recovery efforts, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said. (Reporting by Phil Stewart)

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