Fox News is reporting that the Trump campaign’s “Women for Trump” bus tour scheduled to begin this week has been abruptly canceled.
Stops had been planned in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania — all considered key battleground states in this year’s presidential election. Prior to 2016, neither Michigan or Pennsylvania had voted Republican since 1988.
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The tour was to feature a number of prominent women who are closely tied to the Trump administration. Among them were campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, former White House adviser Mercedes Schlapp, and Lara Trump, who is the wife of Eric Trump.
A campaign spokeswoman sought to diffuse rumors as to why the tour was abruptly canceled, saying that the decision was made due to scheduling conflicts, not coronavirus concerns.
This announcement comes only days after President Trump said that the coronavirus scare would not prompt him to cancel any of his famously massive campaign rallies.
Mercedes Schlapp is married to Conservative Political Action Committee organizer Matt Schlapp. The event made headlines recently after it was revealed that one of the attendees tested positive for the coronavirus.
That revelation prompted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to announce that he would be undergoing voluntary quarantine for a two week period.
Cruz announced via Twitter that he’s not experiencing any symptoms and that medical authorities have told him that although he came in contact with the individual in question, “odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low.”
“The medical authorities explicitly advised me that, given the above criteria, the people who have interacted with me in the 10 days since CPAC should not be concerned about potential transmission,” the Texas senator continued.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) was also present at CPAC, and he too announced that he would be sequestering himself from the public.
“I am announcing that I, along with 3 of my senior staff, are officially under self-quarantine after sustained contact at CPAC with a person who has since been hospitalized with the Wuhan Virus. My office will be closed for the week,” Gosar tweeted.
CPAC is hosted by the American Conservative Union, and the group stated that it was cooperating with state health authorities.