Dr. Fauci says he's not ruling out 2020 DNC in Milwaukee

NOW: Dr. Fauci says he’s not ruling out 2020 DNC in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- America's doctor is not ruling out the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

Doctor Anthony Fauci told the Journal Sentinel right now it's "too difficult to predict."

The convention is set to start on August 17.

It was supposed to be in July, but was pushed back because of the pandemic. 

Mayor Tom Barrett says he was happy to hear Fauci's opinion.

"When I saw that, my initial reaction was I knew there was a reason I liked this guy, because I believe we will have the convention here and like I said, it's something where we're going to follow the science," Barrett said.

Barrett says that planning for the convention have been put on the back burner.

"Just about every available hour of city resources, city personnel is devoted to doing everything we can to fight COVID-19," said the Mayor.

Meanwhile, Raquel Filmanowicz, CEO of the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee released the following statement:

"The Host Committee continues to work closely with our partners at the Democratic National Convention Committee as they develop convention contingency plans that follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health officials. As we navigate this unprecedented situation, our team’s guiding priorities remain steadfast — to ensure the safety of the Milwaukee community and convention participants, while highlighting the incredible people, places, and values that make our city such a special place to live and visit."

Dr. Fauci's statements is not a green light to go ahead with the convention, but to people like Mayor Barrett, they provide hope.

"I'm looking for any glimmer of hope, and that was a real glimmer of hope that he provided," said Barrett.

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