President Trump today said he is canceling the Republican convention, acknowledging that the raging pandemic in Florida had made it unsafe.
Trump spoke to reporters at the White House:
I looked at my team and I said, the timing for this event is not right. It’s just not right with what’s happened recently, the flareup in Florida, to have a big convention, it’s not the right time. For me, I have to protect the American people.
Trump said delegates in Charlotte, North Carolina would nominate him and there would be an online component to the convention. He said he will do a “convention speech,” but without a large audience.
The Republican convention was to take place August 24-27. The Democrats have already said their convention, which will take place the week before, will be conducted online.