Trump was expected at the event where Republican state lawmakers are holding a “hearing” on allegations of fraud in this month’s election, two sources familiar with the plans had told CNN on Tuesday.
The cancellation came after Giuliani was exposed to a second person who tested positive for coronavirus in just the last week.
One of Trump’s campaign advisers, Boris Epshteyn, said Wednesday morning that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and was experiencing mild symptoms. Epshteyn appeared with Giuliani at a campaign legal team news conference in Washington, DC, six days ago.
A day after the news conference, Giuliani’s son, Andrew, announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus. And that same day, the former New York City mayor said he would be quarantining at a Washington-area hotel.
Trump had expressed strong interest in joining Giuliani for Wednesday’s event and directed aides to make plans for him to travel to Pennsylvania, multiple sources said. The trip, which will be his first outside of the Washington area since Election Day, was not listed on the public schedule released by the White House on Tuesday night, but was being handled internally as an unannounced movement.
State and local election officials have said there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, and both a federal court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have dismissed lawsuits seeking to prevent the state from certifying the results of the election. Pennsylvania officially certified the results on Tuesday, sealing Biden’s win in the key battleground state.
Brann, a longtime and well-known Republican in Pennsylvania, added: “It is not in the power of this Court to violate the Constitution.”
The event was the latest attempt by Trump and his allies to undermine confidence in the 2020 election and attack the legitimacy of President-elect Joe Biden.
The Trump campaign and Pennsylvania Senate Republicans announced plans for the Gettysburg event, a meeting of the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee, on Tuesday — casting it as an effort to expose “irregularities” in the 2020 election. The meeting is being organized by the Pennsylvania state Senate GOP, which is holding it at a hotel — not at the state Capitol.
Trump and Giuliani have made baseless allegations of fraud in the election and delved into conspiracy theories alleging a plot to rig the vote, all of which have been refuted by state and local election officials across the country as well as the top cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security. Trump fired that official, Chris Krebs, after he co-signed a statement declaring the 2020 election “the most secure” in US history
It was the first of three similar events the Trump campaign has scheduled in coordination with Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan. There’s no evidence that widespread voter fraud has taken place in any of those states despite frequent claims by Trump and his allies.
The location of potential Trump visit was striking. Gettysburg is the site of the most famous battle of the Civil War, in which the Union turned back a Confederate invasion of the North. The battle culminated in a failed charge by troops under the command of Confederate Gen. George Pickett that was repelled by US forces.
Coming just two days after the General Services Administration allowed the presidential transition to proceed, Trump’s planned visit had signaled once again that he does not intend to abandon his allegations about the election or concede the race to Biden.
Trump is also considering attending a similar event in Michigan next week. The Michigan State Board of Canvassers certified Biden’s victory in that state on Monday, after Trump’s legal efforts and a pressure campaign on state and local officials collapsed.
CNN’s Kristen Holmes, Jim Acosta, Kaitlan Collins and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.