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- The president was scheduled to host rallies at airports in La Crosse and Green Bay on Saturday to drum up support in the swing state just a month before the presidential election.
- On Thursday afternoon, however, The Associated Press reported Trump canceled his planned appearance in La Crosse and will instead visit Janesville.
- State health officials on Thursday reported 2,887 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 125,161.
President Trump is set to make his way over to the crucial battleground state of Wisconsin this weekend as the state is experiencing an alarming rise in coronavirus infections and surging hospitalizations.
The president was scheduled to host rallies outside airports in La Crosse and Green Bay on Saturday to drum up support in the swing state just a month before the presidential election.
On Thursday afternoon, however, The Associated Press reported Trump canceled his planned appearance in La Crosse following calls from the city’s mayor and state’s governor to call off the event that was expected to draw thousands of people.The event was reportedly canceled because the rally violated the terms of a lease with a tenant who planned to host the rally on airport property, not over coronavirus concerns.
The event will instead be held in Janesville, Wis.
“We have received word that Air Force One is not coming to La Crosse on Saturday, so we are assuming the Trump campaign has changed its plan and is not coming to La Crosse,” a spokeswoman for La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat told AP.
Earlier this week, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) and both mayors of La Crosse and Green Bay called on the president to cancel the rallies as the state was dealing with a spike in COVID-19 and hospitalizations.
When asked about the potential change in the Trump campaign’s rally plans during a news briefing, Evers said he had not heard the report but hoped it was the case.
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“Both La Crosse and Green Bay are two of the hottest hot spots in the state and the nation and it makes no sense to me that President Trump come for his campaign events,” Evers said during a news briefing Thursday.
“I know his rallies are held outside, partially outside in some cases, if he does come, please insist that people wear a mask and don’t allow them into your rally unless they have a mask and continue to wear a mask, he can control this,” Evers said.
Trump’s scheduled visit to Wisconsin comes as 45 of 72 counties are reporting more than 350 cases per 100,000 residents. State health officials on Thursday reported 2,887 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 125,161. The seven-day average of new infections is 2,405, up from 727 just one month ago.
Wisconsin on Wednesday reported 27 new deaths, topping the previous record of 22 in a single day recorded on May 27 and bringing the total to 1,348 deaths.
The president appeared to still have plans to visit the state as of Thursday afternoon, despite recommendations from the president’s White House coronavirus task force that residents in the state should increase social distancing mitigation measures “to the maximal degree possible” until cases begin to decline, according to a report obtained from the task force by The Washington Post.
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