Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has issued a strongly worded statement against a training camp being planned in Wisconsin.
The statement, released Wednesday morning, reads in part:”I have not been invited to participate in any type of training or seminar at the Waukesha County Convention Center for the purposes of addressing or promoting the coronavirus or related conditions.
The only purpose of the training is to help people who have traveled to Wisconsin to be prepared for the coronaval disease.”
The statement is the first time Trump has addressed the topic of a possible coronaviruses training center in the state, which was first announced in January.
The announcement prompted widespread criticism from health officials who argued the event would not be able to be carried out in a way that is safe.
The Waukegan Convention Center, a $3 million facility that opened in September, has been plagued by numerous health problems in recent months, including an outbreak of the coronavet virus that has killed 16 people and sickened more than 1,000.
The outbreak has forced the cancellation of several events, including a planned Trump fundraiser.
The state of Wisconsin has also banned all outdoor gatherings for the duration of the pandemic.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Scott Walker, who is the presumptive GOP nominee for the Nov. 4 election, has also come under fire for a similar training camp, which he was forced to cancel due to the pandemics outbreak.
Walker has called the training “not good for the state of the country” and has said he would not participate in the event.