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VP Pence to Meet with Gov. DeSantis Thursday on Coronavirus Response

Mike Pence, Ron Desantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, gestures as he speaks to the media with Vice President Mike Pence delivering personal protective equipment to the Westminster Baldwin Park, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Orlando, Fla., as part of the initiative to deliver PPE to more than 15,000 nursing homes across America. Pence is also scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion with hospitality and tourism industry leaders to discuss their plans for re-opening during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to make a brief stop in Tampa on Thursday.

He will meet with Gov. Ron DeSantis to discuss the state’s ongoing efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, the vice president and governor will speak with reporters at USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa.

Pence was originally scheduled to be in Sarasota on Thursday.

However, the Sarasota County Republican Party confirmed in a note to supporters that his campaign event was postponed due to concerns over an increase in virus cases.

The vice president was also scheduled to appear in Lake Wales at an event organized by pro-Trump group America First Policies. It was to be called the “Great American Comeback Tour.”

That group released a statement last weekend that says in part, “Out of an abundance of caution at this time, we are postponing the Great American Comeback tour stop in Florida. We look forward to rescheduling soon.”

Indeed, the campaign appearances for what the vice president is calling his “Faith in America Tour” are being postponed “out of an abundance of caution,” a Trump campaign official told reporters last weekend.

Mr. Pence is then scheduled to return to Washington D.C. on Thursday evening.