Washington (dpa) - The designated US presidential candidate Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee (Wisconsin) for the Democratic Party Conference because of the corona pandemic. Biden will deliver his speech on the nomination in Delaware, where he is at home, the Democratic Party said.
Details will be announced at a later date. Other speakers at the party convention would not travel to Milwaukee, it said. Meanwhile, incumbent Donald Trump is playing with the idea of making his nomination speech out of the White House.
Because of feared health risks, the Democrats had already postponed the party conference originally planned for July to August and later announced that the meeting would be largely digital. The party conference is scheduled for August 17-20. Typically, thousands of people attend the multi-day event, including delegates and journalists. The Republicans also overturned their plans for the party conference in late August because of the corona pandemic.
Because of the pandemic, President Trump has now also come into play to give the speech after his nomination, which is planned for the end of August, at his official residence: “We are thinking about doing it from the White House because nothing will then be set in motion It is easy and I think it is a beautiful environment, »Trump told Fox on Wednesday.
It initially remained unclear whether the use of the official residence for a party event is legal. How exactly the Republicans' convention will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the end of August is unclear.
Trump wants to run against the designated democratic candidate Biden in the presidential election on November 3. The 77-year-old Biden has been a sure candidate of the Democrats since April after the departure of his competitors. At the beginning of June, he said he had secured the necessary delegate votes for the nomination as a candidate of his party. Biden had been Vice President under President Barack Obama.
Trump has warned Fox of a chaotic November election due to many expected postal votes. The announcement of the result could drag on "months or years" and become a "disaster". In fact, observers assume that the result of the vote is not known as usual on election night. Despite the pandemic, Trump urges that as many people as possible appear in person for voting. When asked what security measures would be taken for voters, he said the infection rate would decrease and the country was "probably in great shape" by then.
In the United States, which has a population of around 330 million, more than 156,000 people have died from a coronavirus infection, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. So far there have been over 4.7 million confirmed infections with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen. That is more in absolute terms than in any other country in the world. Countries such as Italy, Spain and the UK fare worse in terms of the total population.
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