'Not The Right Time': President Trump Cancels Relocated Jacksonville Republican National Convention

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists during a news conference about his administration's response to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House July 22, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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President Donald Trump has announced the cancellation of the planned in-person portion of the Republican National Convention, set to take place in Jacksonville, Florida next month.

"To have a big convention is not the right time," the president said late Thursday.

Trump told the media that delegates will still report to Charlotte, North Carolina, after he forced the convention to find an alternative location when Charlotte restricted event due to COVID-19 concerns.

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The revamped RNC will include "telerallies" and other online activities. The president said he will still do the traditional nominee's speech, but "in a different form."

"I care deeply about the people of Florida and everywhere else, frankly, in this country and even in the world," President Trump said. "It would be coming into the state and I don’t want to do anything to upset it. They’ll be doing very well very shortly."

The announcement comes as Florida's coronavirus case count continues to grow.

Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters Thursday that the state's hospital admissions and the percentage of tests coming back positive seem to be plateauing or declining. He added that hospitals have sufficient capacity in their intensive care units and overall.