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Donald Trump cancels Republican convention speech in Florida over coronavirus fears

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

President Donald Trump announced that the Republican convention planned for Jacksonville, Florida, has been cancelled.

"The timing for this event is not right, it's just not right", Trump said during a press briefing at the White House. "It's just not right with what's been happening", Trump said at the daily coronavirus briefing.

You've seen a lot of polls in Florida, including two polls today where voters said 62- to 34%, they thought it would be unsafe to hold the Republican convention in Jacksonville.

A small subset of GOP delegates will still formally renominate Trump on August 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at an event scheduled to last just four hours.

The party's nomination for the presidential candidate will still take place in North Carolina.

"I'll still do a convention speech in a different form, but we won't do a big convention speech, per se", he added.

The convention was originally scheduled to be held in Charlottesville in North Carolina. The president said that he made a decision to call it off.

The convention was scheduled for August but critics of the president had condemned him and the Republican party for planning a large in-person convention in a state with one of the worst increases in coronavirus.

"We appreciate President Donald Trump considering our public health and safety concerns in making this incredibly hard decision".

Trump reported Republicans would nonetheless meet in Charlotte as prepared on the 1st working day of the 4-working day convention to deal with formal enterprise.

Florida Republicans, who have been scrambling to piece together the components essential to pull off the Jacksonville conference, received little heads up about the President's choice to cancel the occasion. "It's just not the right time for that", Mr Trump said, in a marked change in rhetoric from his previous defence of packed rallies.

Trump's last-moment determination to terminate the celebration follows a mad scramble by the Republican Get together around the last several months to consider to nevertheless hold a regular occasion gathering, irrespective of the ongoing pandemic that has now killed much more than 140,000 Us residents.

In recent weeks, Trump aides and allies have encouraged the president to consider calling off the convention, advising him it was not worth going forward with the event if the focus would be on the pandemic. The list of donors to the now-canceled event reads like a who's who of industry titans, power brokers and wealthy Republicans.