President Trump on Thursday announced that he is canceling next month’s Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, citing the importance of “keep our people safe” due to the recent spike of coronavirus cases in the sunshine state.
“I told my team it’s time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida, component of the GOP convention,” Trump said at the beginning of his coronavirus press briefing. “To have a big convention, it’s not the right time.”
“Thousands of people wanting to be there, and I mean in some cases desperately be there,” Trump added. “People making travel arrangements all over the country. But, there’s nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe.”
Trump stated that he would deliver a speech to formally accept the party’s nomination for president, but it would be conducted in a “different form.”
“We will still do a convention speech in a different form, but we won’t do a big crowded convention, per se,” Trump said. “I care deeply about the people of Florida and everywhere else, frankly, in this country and even in the world who would be coming into the state. And I don’t want to do anything to upset it. They will be doing very well very shortly.”
“There can be nothing like our last convention, unfortunately,” Trump continued. “It’s a different world, and it will be for a little while.”
Convention delegates will still gather in Charleston, North Carolina, according to Trump and the convention will be carried out virtually.