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Trump's Cancellation of Convention in Florida- Costing Millions of Dollars of GOP Donors

Citing safety concerns, U.S. President Donald Trump had announced he is pulling the plug on next month’s Republican Party convention in Jacksonville, Florida—a coronavirus hot spot on Thursday.

President Donald Trump’s sudden decisions to first move the Republican National Convention’s in-person main events, then to cancel them are costing GOP (Grand Old Party, is a nickname for the Republican Party of the United States of America)donors millions of dollars, according to multiple Republicans familiar with the finances.

Due to the flare-up in Florida “it is not the right time” to have a big convention, Trump told reporters in the White House briefing room on Thursday. “I have to protect the American people. That’s what I’ve always done. That’s what I always will do. That’s what I’m about.” 

Many of Trump’s allies were surprised by his abrupt announcement on Thursday that he was canceling the convention in Jacksonville, where organizers were preparing for a three-day event with several thousand people capped with a keynote address from the president.

The convention had also been struggling to raise money from donors, Republican sources said. After millions of dollars were lost in moving the convention from North Carolina to Florida, major donors — already skeptical that the event would take place — were being asked to contribute again for the Florida location.

Of the $38 million raised by the host committee for the convention’s original location — Charlotte, North Carolina — the majority has been spent, the Republican officials said. The host committee in Jacksonville, Florida, where Trump had moved the convention, raised an additional $6 million, but GOP officials said much of that money remains.

Now, the president’s team is searching not only for a new stage from which he can deliver a speech accepting his party’s nomination for a second term, but also a way to appease Republicans who have nothing to show for their donations.

Coronavirus-related deaths in Florida reached a new high Thursday, at 173, the state's largest daily increase. Florida announced 10,249 new cases, bringing the total count to nearly 390,000.

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