US President Donald Trump has scrapped plans to hold the Republican Convention in Jacksonville, Florida next month because of the leap in COVID-19 cases. "We will be starting in North Carolina for the Monday, as has always been planned", Trump said, weeks after cancelling most convention events there.
Earlier in the pandemic, Trump pressured the Republican Countrywide Committee to embark upon an substantial look for for a new location to host an in-particular person conference following North Carolina's Democratic governor balked at the prospect of a main gathering.
"And we're going to do some other things with tele-rallies and online - the week that we are discussing, which will be really good", Trump continued.
He said Republicans will plan something "exciting", but that it will be "nothing like having 25,000 people".
"It's a different world, and it will be for a little while", Trump said, explaining his decision during one of his newly resuscitated White House briefings on the coronavirus.
A few convention activities will remain in North Carolina, Trump confirmed.
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Trump acknowledged that consideration, saying, "I could see the media saying, 'Oh, this is very unsafe'". Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said the campaign will still "provide exciting, informative, and enthusiastic programming so Republicans can celebrate the re-nomination of President Trump and Vice President Pence".
The decision means the convention, scheduled for August 24 to 27, will be a mainly virtual event.
The president said that Florida officials had not asked him to cancel the convention. Trump and his advisers feared that going forward with big parties and "infomercial" programming in Florida would ultimately backfire on the president.
Democrats had already cancelled most of the public aspects of their August convention, in which presumptive nominee Joe Biden will formally accept his party's call to run against Trump. Today, he said, we are going to send new aid to schools. "I said there's nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe, whether it's from the China virus or the radical left mob".
The president said: "I looked at my team and I said: 'The timing for this event is not right'". President Donald Trump has made a decision to scrap the Republican Convention due to be held in the state next month. So he moved it to Jacksonville, a more Republican-friendly city.