In tweets, Trump pressured Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to “guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena” in Charlotte.
I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August. Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2020
“In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space,” Trump wrote, referring to occupancy rules in place or contemplated for public gatherings as states lift coronavirus restrictions.
Trump demanded to know whether the venue would be allowed to use its maximum capacity, something few large sports and entertainment stadiums are planning to allow this summer.
“Plans are being made by many thousands of enthusiastic Republicans, and others, to head to beautiful North Carolina in August,” Trump wrote. “They must be immediately given an answer by the Governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied. If not, we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site. This is not something I want to do. Thank you, and I LOVE the people of North Carolina!”
Trump had earlier suggested the convention, scheduled for Aug. 24 to 27, could be moved to Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has begun reopening much of that state. Trump will visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday.
After the New York Times reported that he had wondered aloud to several aides why the convention can’t be held in a Florida hotel ballroom, Trump denied the reporting, saying Monday that he wasn’t advocating for a Florida venue.
“I have zero interest in moving the Republican National Convention to Doral in Miami, as falsely reported by the Fake News @nytimes in order to stir up trouble,” he tweeted, referring to Trump National Doral near Miami. “Ballroom is not nearly big enough & would like to stay in N.C., whose gov. doesn’t even know if he can let people in?”
Florida Republicans endorsed such a move, however, telling the Miami Herald, “the Republican Party of Florida would welcome the opportunity to host the Republican National Convention.”
“Florida is committed to ensuring a safe, secure and successful event for President Trump and all attendees,” state party chairman Joe Gruters said in a statement to the Herald.
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