President Donald Trump pulled the plug on a plan to travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Wednesday to hear lawyer Rudy Giuliani stitch together claims of voter fraud at a Republican hearing.
White House reporters were preparing to make the journey to the historic town when they suddenly got word that the trip was off.
Just minutes earlier, yet another members of Trump's legal team, Boris Epshteyn, revealed he had tested positive for COVID-10.
Ephshteyn had been at Republican National Committee headquarters for a bizarre press conference last Thursday that included Giuliani, Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis, and attorney Sidney Powell, who the Trump camp now says is not part of its legal effort.
Epshteyn, a campaign advisor who worked briefly in the adminisration, posted on Twitter: 'I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing mild symptoms, and am following all appropriate protocols, including quarantining and contact tracing.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
According to a pool report from reporters designated to follow the president Wednesday: 'The traveling pool was getting ready to leave for Pennsylvania but was told at the last minute that their trip has been canceled.' That report came at 10:50 AM, about 40 minutes after Epshteyn's tweet.
A follow-on report stated: 'There was never a trip on the president's schedule. Still no public events on POTUS schedule.'
Trump had been expected to join Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg Wednesday for a hearing on allegations of fraud in the 2020 election.
The president is said to have insisted on making the trip to join his personal attorney at the event set to be held in a local hotel, sources told CNN.
It will be the first time he has left the Washington DC area since Election Day. Since then he has continued to insist he is not giving up his fight to overturn the results.
The Gettysburg battlefield is the site of one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. It marked a turning point in the war where the Union army pushed back advancing Confederate soldiers in 1863.
The historic Pennsylvania town is also where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic Gettysburg Address, citing the U.S. Declaration of Independence that proclaimed all people are created equal.
Trump's visit was not listed on his daily schedule. White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said: 'I'd refer you to tomorrow's public schedule. I have no additional updates at this time.'
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