Trump Cancels Trip To PA GOP Election Meeting: Reports

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GETTYSBURG, PA — President Donald Trump canceled plans to attend a Pennsylvania Senate "informational meeting" Wednesday to address "2020 election issues," according to multiple media sources.

The president's appearance had been confirmed by state politicians. CNN reported Trump canceled his appearance after Rudy Giuliani was exposed to coronavirus. However, Giuliani still attended the meeting.

The meeting, organized by the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee, was held at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg starting at 12:30 p.m.

The Pennsylvania GOP earlier Wednesday had confirmed the president would attend, and Senate Democrats noted the president's plans in a news release in response to the event.

The meeting was scheduled at the request of Republican Sen. Doug Mastriano, who said in a statement that "Pennsylvanians have lost faith in the electoral system."

Mastriano said he has heard from voters about "issues experienced at the polls, irregularities with the mail-in voting system and concerns whether their vote was counted."

The Trump campaign has alleged election fraud in Pennsylvania but those claims have gone unsupported by evidence. Multiple election lawsuits filed in Pennsylvania by Trump's legal team have been dismissed.

Nonetheless, Majority Policy Committee Chair Sen, David Argall said: “We want assurance that the issues encountered during this past election don’t happen again in the future.”

Senate Democrats, in a statement, said the Wednesday meeting was an example of how state GOP leaders are "coordinating with Trump’s campaign to steal this election away from the voters who decisively chose Joe Biden."

Trump lost in Pennsylvania to Biden by more than 80,000 votes. Pennsylvania certified its election results Tuesday, and Gov. Tom Wolf said he has signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Biden as president.

“If Senate Republicans want to entertain conspiracy theories from Rudy Giuliani and rally with defeated presidential candidate Donald Trump, they should do so on their own time and dime — not the taxpayers,’” Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa said in the statement.

Multiple Republican leaders have recently called on the president to concede the race.

U.S. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania said Saturday night that Trump should "accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process" following a ruling in federal court. Trump has since indicated the transition process can begin but has yet to concede defeat.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump ally who helped him prepare for the presidential debates, said Sunday on ABC News' "This Week" that the conduct of the president's legal team is a "national embarrassment."

Speaking to host George Stephanopoulos, the former Republican governor said the Trump legal team failed to present evidence of their claims of fraud. "What's happened here is, quite frankly, the conduct of the president's legal team has been a national embarrassment," Christie said.

Wednesday's meeting is scheduled to be streamed live here.

This article originally appeared on the Across Pennsylvania Patch