Trump administration will withdraw an advisory advising travelers to avoid Virginia as the state has been designated a national disaster.
The Trump administration on Friday rescinded an advisory that warned against travel to the state following the release of a video showing a man holding a gun at a Las Vegas concert.
The advisory, issued by the Office of National Disaster Preparedness, advises that travel to Virginia from “the United States” should be avoided due to the heightened threat of terrorist attacks and the ongoing threat of flooding.
It also warns that travelers may need to “consider alternative transportation options” if the threat of extreme weather continues.
“While the State of Virginia remains on the Federal Government’s watch list of state and local jurisdictions with a history of terrorist activity, we are making this change in response to the Virginia governor’s proclamation of a state of emergency,” a White House official said in a statement.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) issued the proclamation Friday, saying the federal government has placed a state-wide emergency designation on the state of Virginia, which has not declared a state or local disaster.
McAuliffe and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D), who also issued the emergency declaration, said they would work to prevent additional terrorist attacks, including the recent deadly shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead and more than 50 injured.
The White House statement said that while “the governor’s decision to impose the emergency is a long-standing and well-established practice,” the federal proclamation is not a blanket declaration of emergency.
“The governor has the authority to make decisions regarding state and city-level emergency declarations.
The executive branch has not made this determination and it will not make it,” the statement said.
It did not specify which federal agencies are affected by the declaration.
Trump announced Friday that the federal designation would be rescinded.
The move comes after the president made several threats against Virginia, saying that the state was at the epicenter of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threat.
He also claimed that “there’s no other state in the country that has more terrorist threats than Virginia.”
The governor’s declaration also came days after the White House released a video in which a man is seen holding a weapon at a concert in Las Vegas.
The man, identified as a man named John, was arrested and charged with assaulting a concert security guard.
The Washington Post reported that the suspect was “one of the few active members of the ISIS cell who are still in the United States.”
In the video, the man is heard telling an officer that “we’re going to be coming back and we’re going back and killing you all.”
“You’re gonna be in there,” the man says, before telling the officer that he was an ISIS member.
“We’re going in and we don’t want any of you out here,” he said.