Trump scraps Republican convention in Florida due to coronavirus

President Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House Thursday

President Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House Thursday. Evan Vucci AP

Jacksonville, Florida residents filed a lawsuit against the city, the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign earlier this month to stop the convention in August, concerned that a crowded event would accelerate the spread of disease in a state that is already a coronavirus hotspot.

"I talked to my team and I said, 'the timing for this event is not right, it's just not right, '" Trump said at a White House media briefing.

As just lately as last 7 days, convention organizers experienced been arranging to restrict its crowd to 2,500 delegates on the first 3 nights of the event, followed by 7,000 on its ultimate evening, when Trump would supply what would probable be the most significant speech of his reelection bid on primary-time tv.

Trump was expected to deliver his acceptance speech in Florida as the Republican Party's presidential candidate.

A small subset of GOP delegates will still gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, to formally renominate Mr Trump on August 24. The formal nominating process with delegates is still scheduled to take place in Charlotte.

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The source familiar with convention planning told Insider the decision came as the Trump campaign began to finally grasp how bad the coronavirus is, adding it was "politically best for him to veer toward the public-health need and demonstrate responsible leadership".

Trump said he did not cancel the event at the request of local officials, but the Jacksonville City Council was set to meet Friday to discuss safety concerns around the convention.

Also Thursday, Trump said that teachers are essential workers and urged most US schools to reopen if they can do so safely.

But Thursday, he said the virus's rampant run through Florida meant it was irresponsible to hold the convention there.

"We appreciate President Donald Trump considering our public health and safety concerns in making this incredibly hard decision". "... I have to protect the American people and that's something I will always do and that's what I'm about".

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams released a joint statement praising the decision. "It's just not the right time for that". Only 336 delegates will be allowed to participate in Charlotte under extraordinary procedures approved last month by the Republican National Committee.

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