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Politics Trump says 'no way' he'll cancel GOP convention in August

05:40  27 march  2020
05:40  27 march  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he would not cancel the Republican National Convention in August in Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the coronavirus. In an interview on Fox News, Trump said he believed the country will have rebounded

President Donald Trump said that the Republican National Convention would go forward as planned this August even as the coronavirus has caused the cancellation of large-scale events all across the U.S. The Democrats are scheduled to hold their convention , in Milwaukee from July 13 to 16.

President Trump said there is "no way" he'll cancel the GOP convention in August, despite the uncertainty surrounding planned events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Trump says 'no way' he'll cancel GOP convention in August © Matt Sullivan/Getty Images Trump says 'no way' he'll cancel GOP convention in August

"We're going to have our convention. You know, we have our convention in North Carolina, in Charlotte," he said to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday evening.

The GOP convention is scheduled for Aug. 24-27, about two months before the general election in November.

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"We are definitely planning - it's toward the end of August. Somebody was asking today, 'Will you cancel your convention?' I said no way I'm going to cancel the convention. We're going to have the convention, it's going to be incredible," Trump added.

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Earlier this week, reports circulated that the coronavirus pandemic has forced the committee tasked with planning the Democratic National Convention to consider emergency "contingency options" for the event, scheduled July 13-16 in Milwaukee.

Since the virus reached the U.S., dozens of large events and conferences have been canceled or postponed. It remains unclear when public health officials will stop recommending against travel and large gatherings.

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