Trump says Florida convention event cancelled after coronavirus spike

Trump says Florida convention event cancelled after coronavirus spike

Trump says Florida convention event cancelled after coronavirus spike

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that Republicans have scrapped plans to hold convention activities in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mr Trump, speaking at a White House press conference, said it was not the right time to do a "big, crowded convention".

The US president said now was not the time for a "crowded" convention gathering, arguing that the safety of attendees was foremost in his mind when making the decision.

But last week - as new cases of the coronavirus surged in Florida - Republican Party officials announced that they were downsizing the events in Jacksonville by limiting the number of people who could attend the convention - and moving parts of the confab to outdoor venues.

A small subset of GOP delegates will still formally renominate Trump on August 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at an event scheduled to last just four hours.

Trump pulled the convention from North Carolina in early June.

The president will still do a convention speech "in a different form".

"The GOP convention will be starting in North Carolina for the Monday, that has always been planned", Trump said.

A few minutes later, answering questions from reporters, he offered what was perhaps a more candid assessment: "I could see the media saying 'Oh, this is very unsafe.' I don't want to be in that position", he said.

Trump was scheduled to publicly accept the Republican nomination on the final day of the convention, August 27.

Trump administration officials have said a quicker reopening is essential to get the staggered economy moving again, a central plank of the president's re-election campaign.

"I know this was a hard decision and just demonstrates and reaffirms once again his commitment to Jacksonville, the state of Florida and the people of the United States of America", he said.

Mr Trump said overwhelming expert research showed students were losing out on academic performance and mental health with remote learning.

Trump's rival for the presidency, Democrat Joe Biden, blasted his handling of the pandemic in a campaign video aired on Thursday.

Trump explained on Thursday he educated his group that his aim was on preserving the American folks, even although aides suggested him they could make an in-human being convention safe and sound.

Don Huizenga, a Republican delegate from Minnesota, was excited about going just two weeks ago, but changed his mind after seeing the growing coronavirus numbers in Florida. So he moved it to Jacksonville, a more Republican-friendly city.

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