TRUMP CANCELS GOP CONVENTION IN FLORIDA
President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would no longer hold part of the Republican Party’s nominating convention in Florida in August because of a spike in coronavirus cases in the state, Steve Holland and Simon Lewis reported for Reuters on July 24, 2020.
Trump already moved part of the convention from North Carolina to Florida because of restrictions on gathering due to the virus, but the surge in cases had led some Republicans to pull out of attending the Florida event. He said it was not the right time to hold a “crowded convention.”
“The timing for this event is not right,” Trump said in a White House press briefing. “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.” 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, Trump said. He added he would still give a convention speech but “in a different form” and said there were plans for so-called “telerallies” during the week. 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.