Trump calls off GOP convention event in Jacksonville amid spike in Florida Covid-19 cases
“I told my team it’s time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida component of the GOP convention," the president announced during a press conference Thursday evening.
#BREAKING: President Trump says he has canceled the Florida component of the Republican National Convention“I told my team it’s time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida component of the GOP convention.”“To have a big convention, it’s just not right.” pic.twitter.com/P4zAHmrabV— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) July 23, 2020
The plan was to have Trump deliver his acceptance speech at a grand event in Florida next month. He did not say when or how he intends to give that address.
The Charlotte, North Carolina portion of the convention, where delegates are scheduled to formally choose the party's nominee, will go forward as planned, however.Also on rt.com How Florida’s coronavirus surge could sink Trump’s November bid
After North Carolina's Democrat governor called for a more limited event due to the coronavirus pandemic, the president moved to relocate some of the convention events to Jacksonville.
The decision raised concerns both because of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state, as well as security issues with the change being so last minute.
Florida, one the first states on lockdown to begin their 'reopening process' only to walk it back days later, has recorded over 390,000 cases of Covid-19 and over 5,500 deaths from the virus.
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