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Trump Threatens to Move Republican Convention Out of N. Carolina

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"State health officials are working with the RNC [Republican National Convention] and will review its plans as they make decisions about how to hold the convention in Charlotte".

The comments by Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, comes amid threats from President Trump to move the Republican National Convention from Charlotte, N.C., if the state's governor won't guarantee that the party can have "full attendance" for the event. "Now, if he can't do it, if he feels that he's not going to do it, all he has to do is tell us and then we'll have to pick another location", the president said.

"We have a governor that doesn't want to open up the state and we have a date of. the end of August", Trump told reporters at the White House, a day after tweeting his threat to pull the convention. "But having a sense now is absolutely essential because of the huge preparations that are involved, and we look forward to working with Governor Cooper, getting a swift response and if need be moving the national convention to a state that is further along on reopening and can say with confidence that we can gather there".

Trump Threatens to Move Republican Convention Out of N. Carolina

Liz Harrington, the Republican National Committee's national spokesperson, said on May 26 that it takes months to plan the convention, and staff members are already on the ground in Charlotte.

Vice President Mike Pence is supporting claims that the convention is crucial for North Carolina.

"With world-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, and workforce, Georgia would be honored to safely host the Republican National Convention", Mr. Kemp tweeted.

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, it was estimated that the RNC would draw more than 50,000 people, gathering at 1,000+ scheduled events in hundreds of locations around our city.

"I think this is the kind of thing that happens in politics, where, and particularly the president is known for dramatic gestures", Driggs said Monday.

His offer was echoed by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who said during a news conference Tuesday that his state would "love to have the RNC" and would be open to hosting the Democratic convention as well. "There are states around the country-we think of Texas, Florida, Georgia-the last two states I visited last week that have made tremendous progress on reopening their communities and reopening their economies". Even local Republican officials have noted Trump doesn't have the power alone to cancel the convention contract.

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The last such change in plans came in 1972, when Republicans switched from San Diego to Miami Beach to avoid a controversy. "North Carolina is relying on data and science to protect our state's public health and safety". "This governor is up for reelection, he hasn't given us the assurances we need". The Democrats, who will nominate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., moved their convention, to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from mid-July to mid-August due to the pandemic. "We are talking about something that's going to happen three months from now and we don't know what our situation is going to be regarding covid 19 in North Carolina." he said.

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