Trump Cancels Events ‘Out Of Abundance Of Caution’

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 21: President Donald Trump gestures to the crowd at a campaign rally at Las Vegas Convention Center on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential ... LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 21: President Donald Trump gestures to the crowd at a campaign rally at Las Vegas Convention Center on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus will be held February 22. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 12, 2020 10:37 a.m.
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After defending his decision to continue holding his beloved re-election campaign rallies earlier this month, President Trump has now begun canceling events and rallies that were previously scheduled for later this month in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed the cancelation of Trump events in Colorado and Nevada in a statement Wednesday night, saying that the President made the decision “out of an abundance of caution from the Coronavirus outbreak.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition also issued a statement regarding the cancelation of its Trump event in Las Vegas:

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted Wednesday night that the President’s event scheduled next week in Milwaukee is being postponed.

When asked earlier this month if holding his re-election campaign rallies is safe, Trump responded that he thinks “it’s very safe.” Trump’s remark came a day after a second fatality in the U.S. from the coronavirus was confirmed. Cases of the virus were also confirmed the weekend before in Florida and New York.

Trump has also accused Democrats of creating a “new hoax” by “politicizing” the outbreak during a campaign rally in South Carolina late last month.

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