Vice President Mike Pence has been forced to put an end to plans for two campaign events scheduled to be held next week due to rising COVID-19 cases in some areas, a devastating setback to the Trump campaign.
“Vice President Pence will no longer participate in campaign events in Arizona and Florida this week,” said a Pence spokesperson on Saturday. “This is related to coronavirus numbers increasing in those states.”
Fear surrounding a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in several states has slowed Trump’s plans to hit the campaign trail hard after weeks of progress towards reopening much of the nation.
Though Pence has decided to cancel next week’s gatherings and reschedule at a later time, Fox News confirmed that Pence will still travel to both states to meet with governors and discuss how to approach the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
VP Pence is the leader of the White House coronavirus task force and has coordinated much of the federal government’s response to the crisis.
Pence held the task force’s first press briefing in over two months on Friday to address rising concerns about a second wave of the virus in the US. The mainstream media is desperately trying to incriminate Republican governors of states like Florida and Texas for reopening too quickly, but Pence quashed those rumors on Friday.
“I think there will be a temptation for people to look at these Sun Belt states that have been reopening and putting people back to work and suggest that the reopening has to do with what we’re seeing in the last week or so,” Pence explained.
“But frankly, in the case of each of these states, they reopened, in some cases, almost two months ago.” The average incubation period of COVID-19 is between 4 and 14 days, so the current surge in cases cannot be blamed on reopening in early May.
The mainstream media is having a difficult time toeing the line between glowing praise of protests manifesting as large gatherings nationwide for several weeks and warning the public that any other activities are certain to cause a devastating surge in virus infections.
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