In a shocking reversal from his previously intractable calls to hold a full GOP convention, Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he is “very flexible” about plans for the convention in light of the recent coronavirus spike in the US.
The Republican National Convention, scheduled to be held in late August in Florida, is now in question due to Florida’s major spike in COVID-19 cases.
Voice of America host Greta Van Susteren asked Trump in an interview if he would “consider not having as big a convention” if cases in the Sunshine state continue to spike.
“Well, we’re always looking at different things,” Trump replied, explaining that the GOP had already been forced to change plans once after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) signaled that he was uncomfortable holding the previously scheduled convention.
“Then we went to Florida, and when we went, we signed a few weeks ago, it looked good, and now all of a sudden it’s spiking up a little bit,” Trump continued.
Trump slammed Cooper’s reluctance to hold a convention in the state and promptly took his business to Florida, where Republican Governor Ron DeSantis welcomed the convention with open arms. However, on Wednesday, Florida reported 10,000 new cases of COVID-19, injecting uncertainty into the state’s reopening plans.
Trump explained to Susteren that the GOP is “very flexible,” but did not reveal if any major changes were in the works.
According to a recent Politico report, “Republicans familiar with the event’s planning” revealed that the party is working on a backup plan should the need arise.