Trump threatens to move GOP restrictions convention

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President Donald Trump said on Monday that he “would be reluctantly forced” to move the Republican National Convention if North Carolina does not loosen social distancing restrictions to allow full participation.

The convention is scheduled for the week of August 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In a series of tweets, the president said that he had advocated for the holding of the Republican National Convention in North Carolina, but that he mocked Governor Roy Cooper for having continued to impose pandemic-related restrictions. of coronavirus.

“Thousands of enthusiastic Republicans, and others, are planning to travel to beautiful North Carolina in August,” Tweeted Trump.

“They must immediately receive a response from the governor as to whether the space will be allowed to be fully occupied. Otherwise, we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention Site. It’s not something I want to do. “

Shortly after lambasting Cooper, Trump tweeted that he had spent the Memorial Day weekend playing golf, a move that has drawn criticism as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States continues to rise. increase.

Trump’s most recent threat comes in the weeks he called for the reopening of the country. The president called on governors to ease restrictions on social displacement and allow small businesses to reopen to support the economy, which has been ravaged by the pandemic.

But some states continued to see more cases and health officials warned that early reopening could lead to a second wave.

In the tweets, Trump complained that the Republican Party could end up spending “millions of dollars to build the arena at a very high level”, where the convention is to be held, without knowing whether Cooper would allow participation in large scale.

North Carolina reported its highest day-long peak in confirmed cases over the weekend, just as the state entered its second reopening phase.

Cooper’s office and the National Republican Committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment from CNBC.

But the media previously reported that the RNC had committed to hosting its convention in August. “We are going ahead as planned,” a committee spokesperson told Fox News earlier this month.

The National Democratic Convention, which was originally scheduled for July, will now take place in August, a week before the GOP convention. Organizers of the Democratic convention said they expected the deadline “to give more time to determine the most appropriate structure for this historic event.”

The epidemic has spread to dozens of countries, with more than 5.4 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 345,059 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. There are at least 1.6 million cases in the United States and at least 97,000 deaths, according to the latest counts.

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