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(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump has called off plans to hold a rally on Saturday in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and will instead move the event to Janesville in the southern part of the state, according to people familiar with the campaign’s decision-making.
The re-election rally at La Crosse’s airport had been opposed by officials in the city, as coronavirus cases surge across the Midwest.
Behind in Wisconsin, Trump plans to visit battleground amid COVID-19 surge
The surge also comes as 1.2 million Wisconsinites have already started the voting process by mail, momentum which Trump aims to capitalize on when he visits Saturday. The president is scheduled to make his third visit to Wisconsin over the past couple months, this time in La Crosse and Green Bay -- but his visit also comes at odds with the advice of his own White House Coronavirus Task Force, which has just classified the cities as "red zones" in a new report. The report urged for "the maximum degree possible" of social distancing in the state.
Air Force One, the president’s plane, is no longer scheduled to visit La Crosse this weekend, according to an email from the office of Mayor Tim Kabat.
In an emailed response to questions, the La Crosse government said it is “assuming” President Donald Trump changed his plan to visit.
Trump won the swing state by a thin margin in 2016, but campaigning there became controversial as Covid-19 began to pound the Midwest last month. Trump has also announced plans to visit Green Bay this weekend.
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