After President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he and the First Lady had tested positive for COVID-19, it appears the president’s scheduled visit to Flagstaff next week has been canceled.
In a statement to press today, Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Bill Stepien said that all previously planned campaign events involving the president or any members of the First Family were being postponed or moved online.
“All other campaign events will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we will make any relevant announcements in the days ahead,” the statement from Stepien read. “Vice President Mike Pence, who has tested negative for COVID-19, plans on resuming his scheduled campaign events.”
The president had been set to make stops across Arizona early next week, speaking to crowds at the Tucson International Airport on Monday and then at the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport on Tuesday.
At the moment, there is no word on whether the Flagstaff event will be moved online or simply postponed.
The planned event had worried some local officials who were concerned the gathering could further spread the virus in Flagstaff if social distancing was not practiced. On social media posts yesterday, Vice Mayor Adam Shimoni and Councilmember Austin Aslan both worried about that possibility.
“Trump's suddenly announced visit to Flagstaff next Tuesday represents a massive health risk to our community,” Aslan said in a post on Facebook.
In recent weeks, Coconino County has seen a spike in new COVID-19 cases, mainly centered in Flagstaff.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is challenging Trump for the presidency, announced Friday that he and his wife had both tested negative for the coronavirus.
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