While the United States has passed the milestone of 4 million cases of coronavirus, Donald Trump continues his about-face on the subject of the coronavirus. He announced Thursday the cancellation of the “big” Republican convention scheduled for Jacksonville, Florida, to induct him as the party’s presidential candidate on November 3, due to the new coronavirus pandemic that is flaring in the region. southern United States. “We are not going to do a big public convention as such, now is not the time”, he declared, considering that it was his duty as president to “protect the Americans”.

“The timing for this event is not good, considering what happened recently with the outbreak [des infections] in Florida, things are not going well, ”explained Donald Trump. The Republican convention was originally scheduled for Charlotte, North Carolina, from August 24 to 27, but the state’s Democratic governor had wanted a smaller format to meet health recommendations. Annoyed, the Republican president, who has long minimized the severity of the pandemic, decided in early June to move most of the meeting to Jacksonville.

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Recently, however, he did an about-face and even admitted that the situation was going to get even worse. The cancellation of the agreement is part of this logic. Some events held in Charlotte out of respect for the signed contracts will still take place “and we will have online meetings,” said Donald Trump. The Democrats, for their part, announced a month ago that their convention, scheduled for Milwaukee, Wisconsin from August 17 to 20, would be almost entirely virtual. Former Vice-President Joe Biden will personally accept his nomination as the party’s candidate.