On Thursday, Donald Trump abruptly canceled a trip that was scheduled for Friday morning. The planned trip was to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Insiders are questioning why Trump would cancel the planned trip with no warning as the numbers of coronavirus cases in the United States rise.
Around midnight last night, Trump’s schedule for Friday was released. The trip to Atlanta was no longer on his schedule. Trump’s schedule now only contained a stopover in Tennessee, where deadly tornadoes touched down before he heads to Florida where he will spend three nights at his Florida resort Mar-a-Lago.
One White House official made a brief statement confirming that Trump had scrapped the trip.
“The CDC has been proactive and prepared since the very beginning and the president does not want to interfere with the CDC’s mission to protect the health and welfare of their people and the agency,” the official stated.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham would not comment on the situation.
Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday while in Washington State that Trump was preparing to sign the $8 billion coronavirus funding bill during his trip to the CDC. Coronavirus deaths in Washington reached double digits this week.
“We are making progress,” Pence said. “As I mentioned, federal assistance was approved by the United States Senate. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation tomorrow as he visits the CDC in Atlanta.”
Pence made the statements late Thursday night, so he was clearly not aware of Trump’s plans to cancel his trip to the CDC.
Pence was put in charge of the response to the coronavirus. He often speaks about the COVD-19, but for the most part, has done little in response to the mounting issue and has continued with his normal schedule, which for the most part is only attending fundraising events.
Trump has received backlash for not taking the coronavirus seriously enough. He has called the COVD-19 a hoax created by Democrats, disputed statements made by health experts and even suggested that the virus is not dangerous and that people diagnosed with the virus can safely continue to go to work.