GOP convention in Charlotte closed to press, portions to be broadcast live

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Journalists will not be allowed on-site as RNC delegates will vote to officially nominate President Donald Trump as the 2020 Republican presidential candidate, but the vote will be broadcast live, the Republican official said.

The restriction is unprecedented in modern American political history, but Republican officials said they were forced to limit attendance due to social distancing restrictions imposed by the North Carolina governor.

“Given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state of North Carolina, we anticipate the closure of operations in Charlotte from Friday August 21 to Monday August 24,” the spokesperson for the RNC convention said on Saturday in a statement.

“We are happy to let you know if that changes, but we are working within parameters set by state and local guidelines for the number of people who can attend events,” the spokesperson said.

The news was first reported by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought about many changes to the appointment process, and the RNC’s plans have changed on several occasions – with more changes potentially to come. Trump called off convention activities in Jacksonville, Fla., Late last month.

Formal work on the 2020 Republican National Convention – including the vote to formally nominate Trump as the 2020 GOP candidate – is still expected to take place in Charlotte, but attendance has been drastically reduced.

An RNC official said the president is unlikely to accept the Charlotte nomination in a big public speech. If Trump visits Charlotte, it is expected to only be to thank delegates at a private, closed press event.

Monday’s work of the convention – including the vote to officially nominate Trump – will be televised live, according to a Republican official familiar with the plans.

Due to space restrictions, not all delegates will attend either. Instead, 336 delegates will vote at the business of Congress – one for every six delegates.

Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller, chairman of the White House Correspondents Association, called the decision to shut down congressional press activities a “misguided decision” and called on the GOP to “reconsider” on Saturday night. on Twitter. “The nomination of a candidate for the presidency of a major party is really the business of the American people. “

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