Trump says he's yanking RNC from North Carolina over potential pandemic restrictions

03 Juin, 2020, 05:39 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
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McDaniel said the party still hopes to "conduct the business of our convention" at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, which Trump, the RNC, and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, have all indicated is their first choice.

But with virus cases growing in North Carolina and hospitalizations still climbing, Democrat Cooper sent a letter to Republican officials on Tuesday that "the people of North Carolina do not know what the status of COVID-19 will be in August, so planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity".

The letter is a rebuke of the fully-attended convention that the RNC and President Trump have been pushing for despite concerns about spread of the coronavirus.

The party had sought a guarantee this week that it would be able to hold a full convention, with hotels and restaurants at full capacity and 19,000 participants in the arena.

In a tit-for-tat that has dragged on for weeks, each side has pressed the other for answers on how the convention would be carried out safely - to no avail.

"We are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention", Trump said.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said that GOP officials are coming to scout Nashville on Thursday, calling the city 'the best place in America to have a convention.

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"As much as we want the conditions surrounding COVID-19 to be favorable enough for you to hold the convention you describe in late August, it is very unlikely", Cooper added.

A Charlotte convention could help Trump boost enthusiasm among North Carolina supporters, but he could also frustrate some voters if he pushes too hard during a delicate time for health and public safety, Bitzer said.

In response, North Carolina Republicans called Cooper a "hypocrite", saying his participation in protests over the weekend runs counter to the state's health and safety precautions that necessitate a scaled-back convention.

Wednesday was the GOP's deadline for assurances from Cooper. So, we need to know what those requirements are going to be, ' he said.

Republican governors of Tennessee, Florida and Georgia have said they would be interested in hosting if North Carolina falls through. The event was slated to bring in more $100 million in revenue to the local economy. Would have showcased handsome North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of.millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State.

'So the likelihood of it being in Charlotte depends upon the RNC's willingness to discuss with us a scaled-down convention, which we would like to do'. Should Republicans decide to take their party elsewhere, they risk forfeiting millions of dollars in funds already spent on preliminary security and infrastructure measures. We didn't see a big increase in business because of the convention, ' he said.

'The deadline is gonna push one side to do one thing, and the other side is just going to say, "no" or "we can't,"' he said.

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