Biden Not Traveling to Milwaukee to Accept Democratic Presidential Nomination
2020 ElectionZachary Stieber

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will not travel to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee because of the COVID-19 pandemic, party officials announced Wednesday.

President Donald Trump, a Republican vying for a second term, is also mulling staying home to accept his nomination.

Conventions for both parties are drastically limited because of health concerns related to the pandemic.

Biden, 77, planned to go to Milwaukee to “proudly accept his party’s nomination,” campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in June.

But Democratic National Committee officials said Wednesday that was no longer the plan, citing consultation with public health officials and experts.

“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first. We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives,” Tom Perez, chairman of the committee, said in a statement.

“That’s the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves. And that’s the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House.”

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The Fiserv Forum is seen during a media walk through ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wis., on Jan. 7, 2020. (Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images)

Other speakers who planned to go to Milwaukee will also not travel to the city.

Biden will give a speech and accept the Democratic presidential nomination from Delaware, his home state.

Details about the exact location of the speech haven’t been made public as of yet.

Biden clinched the nomination in June but isn’t officially the nominee until delegates vote at the convention.

Democrats downplayed the change in plans, calling it “a small adjustment.” Most speeches and events were already planned to take place at different locations across the country.

The convention will feature four nights of programming, a mix of pre-recorded segments and live broadcasts, starting Aug. 17.

“While we wish we could move forward with welcoming the world to beautiful Milwaukee in two weeks, we recognize protecting the health of our host community and everyone involved with this convention must be paramount,” Joe Solmonese, CEO of the 2020 convention, said in a statement.

Republicans have also scaled back plans for in-person events during their upcoming convention.

Originally scheduled entirely for Charlotte, party leadership shifted major portions of the programming to Jacksonville. But, citing the rise cases of the CCP virus, which causes COVID-19, Trump said last month that the Jacksonville scheduling was being called off.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, on Aug. 3, 2020. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

“I looked at my team, and I said, ‘The timing for this event is not right. It’s just not right with what’s happened recently—the flare up in Florida—to have a big convention. It’s not the right time,'” the president told reporters at the White House.

Trump said earlier Wednesday that he’s considering accepting the GOP nomination at the White House.

“We’re thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement and it’s easy,” he said on in a phone interview with “Fox & Friends.” “I think it’s a beautiful setting and we are thinking about that. It’s certainly one of the alternatives.”

The Republican National Committee didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the committee, said during an appearance on Fox News this week that the message of the convention will be “the best is yet to come.”

“We’re going to lay that out as to what four more years will be of President Trump and the best is yet to come for every American in their lives,” McDaniel said. “And that is what the president’s focused on, that everyday, average American, and how can he make their lives better?”

From The Epoch Times