The Republican National Convention begins its second evening of virtual programming on Tuesday with a long list of speakers who will salute the record of President Donald Trump in power and plead for a second term. Personal testimonials from the family, including First Lady Melania Trump and a pro-Israel foreign policy pitch from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are there.
Pompeo will talk about Jerusalem
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to speak about how Trump’s “America First” foreign policy has made the world a safer place, with an emphasis on Trump’s support for Israel.
As president, Trump abandoned the US-led nuclear weapons deal with Iran that was negotiated by former Secretary of State John Kerry and escalated tensions with Iran by the through economic sanctions and military threats.
Trump unilaterally decided to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and cut US humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority. Trump has repeatedly offered his political support to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump’s actions have garnered support from Israelis and American Jews, as well as Christian evangelicals – whose votes Trump needs to be reelected. At the same time, however, the Middle East has seen wars that have caused two of the worst humanitarian disasters on record in Syria and Yemen.
It is unusual for a Secretary of State, America’s top diplomat, to engage in domestic politics at major party presidential nomination conventions.
U.S. law prohibits federal officials, other than the president and vice president, from using government resources to advocate for any political candidate for election.
Former Secretaries of State, Republican Condoleeza Rice, Democrats Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry avoided their party conventions in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
The State Department said Pompeo would act in his personal capacity and the speech did not involve government resources.
First Lady Melania Trump
First Lady Melania Trump will deliver what one aide said was an “uplifting and positive” speech calling for her husband’s re-election for a second four-year term.
The first lady, who has campaigned against online bullying and advocated for the safety of children on the internet, will talk about what she hopes to do over the next four years and reflect on her favorite moments so far.
Ms Trump was criticized in 2016 for her speech at the Republican convention which was largely based on a speech given by former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Tonight will be one of the first lady’s longest speeches, and collaborators hope it comes across as a genuine message from her heart to the American people.
She will appear from the Rose Garden, a historic space on the grounds of the White House where presidents, including her husband, often make public appearances. This will be the first time that the White House has been used as the backdrop for a political convention speech.
Tiffany Trump, Eric Trump
Two of the president’s five children will be on the program of the Republican convention Tuesday night to talk about their father.
Tiffany Trump is the president’s daughter from his second marriage from 1993 to 1999 to actress Marla Maples. Ms. Trump is a socialite and Instagram influencer with 1.2 million subscribers. She received a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in May.
Eric Trump is the third child of President Trump’s first marriage to Ivana Trump from 1977 to 1992. Eric with his brother Donald Trump Jr, runs the family business as executive vice president of the Trump organization.
Most recently, Eric Trump made headlines for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the New York attorney general investigating whether President Trump fraudulently manipulated property values to obtain financing.
Trump’s economic record
White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow will comment on how Trump allegedly created the biggest boom in U.S. history through tax cuts and deregulation – at least until what the coronavirus pandemic is hitting.
Managing the economy is one of Trump’s few strengths with voters, but the “Chinese virus,” as Kudlow is likely to say, has made a difference. Republicans are now forced to make the point to American voters that they were better off in January than they were three years ago and will be so again if Trump is re-elected.
Kudlow can be expected to mention the nine million jobs that were salvaged when the US economy reopened following the shutdown caused by the pandemic. And he, like the president, will hail the high-flying US stock market which has reached all-time highs in key indicators.
There are problems ahead. Millions of people remain unemployed, and with new stimulus spending, business support and unemployment benefits, the United States faces yet another round of job losses and a growing deportation crisis.
Law and order, black votes
Among the 23 speakers Republicans lined up for Tuesday’s convention program is Daniel Jay Cameron, the first black man to be elected attorney general of Kentucky.
As the state’s senior law enforcement official, Cameron can be expected to speak out about Trump’s ‘law and order’ stance against the Black Lives Matter protests that continue to rage in states -United against police killings.
Cameron is likely to also share his personal story as an African American as part of Trump’s appeal to black voters and the Republican Party’s efforts to use the convention to try to reframe the dialogue on skin color. and racism in the United States.