President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he would cancel the part of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, as the state becomes a COVID-19 hotspot.
"So I told my team it was time to cancel the GOP convention component in Jacksonville, Florida," Trump said at the start of his press conference on Thursday.
Congress would begin on August 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina – whatever the plan was – before the president got into an argument with state democratic governor Roy Cooper, who could not guarantee that he would be a stadium was allowed to fill.
Trump made no commitment to fully detain the RNC in Charlotte, saying he would be holding "Telerallyes" all week.
"And I'm still going to give a congress speech in a different form, but we're not going to have a big, crowded meeting. It's just not the right time to do it, ”said the President.
President Trump is photographed when he accepts Republicans' nomination in Cleveland in 2016. Trump wanted the same fanfare in his 2020 nomination convention and moved the main events to Jacksonville, Florida, but canceled that part on Thursday
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President Trump relocated part of the Republican Convention to Jacksonville, Florida so that he could speak to a large crowd at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Thursday's announcement was the end of a six-week effort to re-create what the organizers called the "convention" in Jacksonville from scratch, as the GOP delegates would still gather in Charlotte, but all speeches at prime time in the City of Florida would take place.
In recent days, local officials have expressed doubts that they could do it.
The Jacksonville sheriff, Mike Williams, warned that they are "beyond the point of no return" to establish appropriate security protocols for hosting a widespread personal convention with the President of the United States.
"In less than 40 days before the expected Republican National Convention will arrive in Jacksonville, I am forced to express my great concerns about the feasibility of the event," said Williams, Duval County's sheriff, in a statement.
Jacksonville City Council president Thomas Hazouri told the Miami Herald that organizers "should think about going virtual or downsizing more than they did".
Hazouri said in his interview with the Herald that Republicans "must have plans A, B, C, D, and E" as time is running out and coronavirus cases in Florida continue to increase.
The Republicans began to outline some of the precautions for COVID-19 that they would take.
A memo received from ABC News says that Jacksonville Congress attendees should do a COVID-19 test at home prior to traveling to the city – despite the fact that the tests, disinfection and temperature tests performed on site, and PPE protection measures are designed to help Equipment would be available.
However, the memo said nothing about whether the participants had to wear masks or distance themselves socially, only that the convention would follow current local health guidelines.
Trump's June 11 announcement came when Florida saw fewer than 1,700 cases a day.
The state has recently reached a flood mark of more than 15,000 positive COVID-19 cases.
Trump started his briefing on Thursday with pictures of the US map behind it that showed Florida as a hotspot.
It took a few minutes before he got the news of the announcement he was talking about
The president said he met with his political advisers who showed him pictures of the stage and other components of the "convention".
"I never thought that something could look so good and fast so well," he said.
“Everything went well, an enormous list of speakers. Thousands of people who wanted to be there – and in some cases desperately wanted to be there – wanted to participate. People who are making travel arrangements across the country. You wanted to be there, ”continued the President.
"The splendor, the signs, the excitement was really, really first class," he added.
Trump said he looked at his team. "And I said The timing for this event is not right, it is just not right with what has happened recently. The flare-up in Florida to host a big meeting in Florida is not the right time. & # 39;
"I have to protect the American people, I've always done that, I'll always do that, that's what it's all about," said Trump.
Two polls in Florida released on Thursday also showed that he is significantly inferior in the Sunshine State. This is essentially a must if he wants to beat suspected Democratic candidate Joe Biden at Electoral College.
The President moved to his home in Mar-a-Lago and is supported by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.
In a Quinnipiac poll, Biden rose 13 points in Floriday, and in a St. Pete poll by seven points. The Real Clear Politics poll average of all recent Florida polls also increased Biden by seven.