President Trump is applauding the decision to postpone this year’s Olympics and has promised to be in attendance next year when the games are held.
According to The Hill:
President Trump on Wednesday commended Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for postponing the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo due to the coronavirus and said he looked forward to being at the event in 2021.
“Congratulations to Prime Minister Abe of Japan, and the IOC [International Olympic Committee], on their very wise decision to present the Olympics in 2021,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “It will be a great success, and I look forward to being there!”
Japan and the IOC agreed to postpone the upcoming summer games as a result of the global pandemic, announcing Tuesday that they would be postponed until next year. Abe said that the games would be held by summer 2021.
There had been growing calls for the Olympics, which attract an international audience and athletes from around the world, to be canceled or postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has spread to more than 150 countries worldwide.
Japan has taken drastic measures to slow the virus including shutting down schools at the end of February.