White House postpones Spain state visit, cites coronavirus

The White House is postponing an upcoming state visit by Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia because of the coronavirus pandemic

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham cited the coronavirus pandemic in announcing the postponement on Wednesday.

She said in a statement that the decision was made so the U.S. and Spain can “continue to devote their full resources and attention'' to responding to the crisis. Grisham said the Trumps look forward to welcoming the royals “in the near future.”

The state visit would have been the third under Trump. French President Emmanuel Macron received the honor in April 2018, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September 2019.

Spain has been on indefinite lockdown as the country struggles to control infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus.

The visit by Spain's king and queen had been scheduled for the week after the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, which was being planned for April 13.

The first lady announced this week that she had canceled the holiday event because of coronavirus concerns.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may need three weeks to six weeks to recover.


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