Trump told WRAL that he would announce the exact location of his North Carolina acceptance speech next week.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Republican National Convention was held in Charlotte. But as North Carolina cases and deaths increased in the spring, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper insisted that a reduced convention was necessary.
Trump bristled at the possible denial of a highly successful event and tweeted on June 2 that he would be moving the main action of the convention away from North Carolina.
Nine days later, the RNC chose Jacksonville as his new destination, with Trump slated to deliver the primary acceptance address as part of a multi-night event. But the move to Jacksonville proved too complicated as Florida’s number of Covid-19 cases increased, depleting the state’s resources.
As recently as July 21, Trump campaign officials were assuring the public the event could safely continue, even when the local police sounded warning signs. Trump officially canceled the Jacksonville event on July 23.
“It just isn’t the right time,” said Trump.