President Donald Trump says he has scrubbed his planned Republican National Convention scheduled for Florida next month, citing a "flare-up" of the coronavirus. Trump's formal renomination will still go forward in North Carolina. (July 23)
DONALD TRUMP: I just felt it was wrong, Steve, to have people going to what turned out to be a hot spot. You know, when we chose it, it was not at all hot. It was free. And all of a sudden, it happened quickly. It happens quickly. And it goes away, and it goes away quickly. The key is we want it to go away without a lot of death, without a lot of problems. And we're learning so much about the disease. That's why we're very cognizant of nursing homes. We're watching them very carefully. And people over a certain age, and especially people over a certain age with diabetes or heart disease, in particular, but with a problem.
So we didn't want to take any chances. And we had a lot of people. We have the delegates who want to be there. We're going to do a fairly reasonably quick meeting in North Carolina. The nomination will be produced. And then we'll announce what we're doing, how we're doing it, whether it's something that's done online. I guess you could call it online.
So there can nothing-- there could be nothing like our last convention, unfortunately. That was a great convention and a great place, as you know. We had a great time. Great time in Cleveland. But it's a different world, and it will be for a little while. We want to get the world back to what it was. And I think we'll have that.
I would just say safety. Just safety. I just-- you know, I could see the media saying, oh, this is very unsafe, this is-- I don't want to be in that position. It's safety, not because of the media, but that's what they would say.
There's nothing more crowded than a convention. A convention, I mean, you've seen them. And even though you try and keep people away from each other, it's just not that kind of a thing. They probably can't do that. It just doesn't work for them. So it's a very hard-- so I think we're setting an example by doing it. It's very important.