“It’s just not the right time” during the coronavirus pandemic, the president says.
President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he was canceling Republican National Convention keynote events set to be held in Jacksonville, Fla., next month, as the state continues to grapple with a surge in coronavirus cases.
“I told my team it‘s time to cancel the Jacksonville, Fla., component of the GOP Convention,“ Trump said during a coronavirus briefing at the White House, explaining that “it’s just not the right time“ to hold a “big, crowded convention.“
The convention‘s official business meetings were always set to remain in Charlotte, N.C., and Trump said on Thursday that those would go on as planned.
But the party‘s big events, including Trump’s prime-time nomination speech, which the party decided to move to Jacksonville only last month, will move online, the president suggested.
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