Donald Trump has canceled the GOP convention in Jacksonville, Florida, admitting that the "timing isn't right" with the coronavirus spike.
However, the president's formal renomination will still go forward in North Carolina, where a small subset of GOP delegates will still gather in Charlotte for just four hours on August 24.
Trump told reporters during his press briefing at the White House on Thursday that "everything was going well" for the Florida event, that was set to take place on August 24 to 27.
"I looked at my team and said the timing for this event is not right," he said.
"I said there's nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe.
"I told my team it’s time to cancel the Jacksonville, Florida component of the GOP convention."
However, the president said he would deliver an acceptance speech in an alternate form, potentially online.
"We're going to do some other things with tele-rallies and online the week that we're discussing which will be really good," he said.
When quizzed by reporters about whether he felt as though he couldn't keep attendees safe, Trump said it "just felt wrong" to "have people going to what turned out to be a hotspot."
He continued: "When we chose it, it was not at all hot it was free.
"We didn't want to take any chances."
Trump CANCELS Florida GOP convention admitting ‘timing isn’t right’ with coronavirus spike
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