President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he is canceling the Republican National Convention that was scheduled for next month in Jacksonville, Florida due to the rising number of Coronavirus cases in the state.
As of this week, the state of Florida has reported 5,652 deaths and 390,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
During a press briefing at the White House, President Trump told reporters, “The timing for this event is not right, it’s just not right. To have a big convention, it’s just not the right time. There is nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe. I care deeply about the people of Florida and everywhere else frankly in this country and even in the world. Would be coming into the state and I don’t want to do anything to upset it, they’ll be doing very well.”
President Trump did not mention any further details, but said that he will still deliver his campaign speech “in a different form” and would present the details within the next few days.
Chairman of President Trump’s re-election campaign, Bill Stepien stated, “The president has built the most innovative political campaign in history and will provide exciting, informative, and enthusiastic programming so Republicans can celebrate the re-nomination of President Trump and Vice President Pence. We look forward to celebrating the historic achievements of the administration and exposing what Joe Biden is — the empty vessel, Trojan Horse candidate used by the extreme left to advance their radical agenda.”
The Jacksonville 2020 Host Committee issued the following statement: “President Trump made the absolute right decision for the health and safety of the people of Jacksonville and of the entire state of Florida.
On Thursday Rona McDaniel, Chairwoman of the National Republican Committee tweeted: “President Trump is focused on leading the American people during this unprecedented crisis, and his number one priority in this decision was the safety of the people in Jacksonville, the convention attendees, and all of the American people.”
We support this difficult decision and thank Governor DeSantis, Mayor Curry, and the people of Jacksonville for their hospitality.
We look forward to @realDonaldTrump accepting the nomination and addressing the American people on his vision for the next four years!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) July 23, 2020
.@RealDonaldTrump made a selfless decision by cancelling the FL component of @GOP Convention. He put the safety and wellbeing of Floridians first. His leadership will continue to energize voters and we look forward to helping him win FL on his way to a second term as President.
— Florida GOP (@FloridaGOP) July 23, 2020