After weeks of warnings from health officials, President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly decided to play public health hero and cancel the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, announcing plans instead for “some things with telerallies”—just a few days after his private company quietly sought to trademark the idea.
Trump made the announcement just a few minutes in to the White House’s daily coronavirus briefing, declaring that “it’s not the right time” in light of the massive coronavirus outbreak in the state.
Trump said the RNC’s delegates would still meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, and that he would still hold a convention speech, albeit “in a different form.”
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