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Trump Calls Off Jacksonville Republican National Convention Over Coronavirus

Chip Somodevilla

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced during a White House briefing that he was ordering the cancellation of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, saying 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.”

The president cited his duty to “to protect the American people” from the coronavirus, for which he used the racist epithet “China virus,” as superseding his desire to hold a “top of the line” event with “the pageantry, the signs, the excitement.”

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