Covid-19 Spike: Trump cancels Florida convention
President Donald Trump has announced plan to cancel the Republican Party’s convention in Florida in August because of a spike in coronavirus cases in the state.
Trump already moved part of the convention from North Carolina to Florida because of restrictions on gathering due to the virus, but the spike in cases had led some Republicans to pull out of attending the Florida event.
While disclosing this at the White House press briefing on Friday July 24, 2020, Trump said it was not the right time to hold a crowded convention.
He added that the timing for this event was not right.
“It’s just not right with what’s happened recently, the flare up in Florida. To have a big convention it’s not the right time," Trump said.
He said he ordered his aides to cancel the event “to protect the American people.”
Republican delegates would still be meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, the original venue for the convention, on the week beginning Aug. 24," he said.
He stated that he would still give a convention speech but “in a different form” and said there were plans for so-called “telerallies” during the week.
Trump said he had already informed Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, of the decision, which comes as the United States grapples with large numbers of new COVID-19 cases outside of the Northeast, the region hit hardest in the early months of the outbreak.
Florida is now among the states with the highest number of new coronavirus cases and has seen more nearly 390,000 cases of the virus and more than 5,600 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.