Inside Trump’s About-Face on the Republican Convention in Jacksonville
WASHINGTON — Like so much else in President Trump’s life, it was a decision shaped by financial considerations and, in the end, the hotel business.
Mr. Trump’s abrupt cancellation of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Fla. — a big celebration in a battleground state that he hoped would buoy his re-election campaign — surprised some allies, donors and even aides who weren’t expecting the announcement then, which he attributed to Florida’s soaring rate of coronavirus cases.
But the timing of Mr. Trump’s decision on Thursday night was influenced by the imminent need for the Republican Party to book an enormous number of hotel rooms in Jacksonville and sign other costly service agreements, according to multiple Republicans familiar with the plans. The looming deadline for attendees to make deposits on hotel rooms was next Monday, according to a copy of instructions …continued .
[Source: New York Times]