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President Donald Trump Drops The Hammer, His Hand Was Forced To Make The Decision To Pull The Plug On The Anticipated Republican Convention

President Donald Trump has run out of options and had no choice left, as the coronavirus pandemic rages nationwide, than to cancel the Jacksonville portion of the Republican National Convention.

The president made the announcement on Thursday after saying for months that the Republican Party would have their convention, CNN reported.

The move is a striking turnaround for Trump, who moved the convention to Jacksonville after North Carolina’s governor raised public health concerns about having massive gatherings in Charlotte, as the GOP had long planned.

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Pared-back events in Charlotte will still be held, Trump said.

Despite urges to ignore them, Trump was closely watching as several Republican lawmakers said they weren’t going to Jacksonville or were considering not going, a person familiar said.

Trump was wary of having sparse attendance at the convention. Just a month ago, the Trump campaign was playing up expectations for a massive crowd at the President’s first rally since the pandemic began, but those crowds in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were much smaller than expected.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien and Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel met with Trump recently, telling him it was still possible to go forward with the convention but that canceling was also still an option, according to a GOP source with knowledge of the process.

They presented the option to cancel as a chance for Trump to demonstrate leadership, and he was much more open to the idea than he had been in the past, the source said.

Trump said on Thursday he informed his team that his focus was on protecting the America

“I looked at my team and I said the timing for this event is not right. It’s just not right,” the president said. “To have a big convention, it’s not the right time.”

“There’s nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe,” he said in a speech at the White House.

It is a sad, but necessary, change as the pandemic spikes in Florida and many Southern states and still continues to rage nationwide.

“When we chose it, it was not at all hot. It was free. And all of a sudden, it happened quickly,” he said of the spike in Florida.

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