Trump Giving North Carolina a 'Week' to Guarantee Convention

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Trump Giving North Carolina a 'Week' to Guarantee Convention

"I would say within a week that certainly we have to know", Trump told reporters in Washington. "He's acting very, very slowly and very suspiciously".

"I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August", Trump tweeted.

"I will say that it's okay for political conventions to be political, but pandemic response can not be", Cooper said at a press conference on Tuesday. "We have reached out to Republican National Committee Chairman [Ronna McDaniel] to let her know that, if North Carolina falls through, Georgia is ready to help", Shafer told The Associated Press.

He said state health officials have asked convention organizers to submit written plans about how they would ensure the health of delegates and other attendees during the coronavirus outbreak. "In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space". Otherwise, the president said, the party will find someplace else. "We have to know. 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.

"There's no way to maintain social distancing if you want to fill every seat in a room", said Michael Thompson, a public health professor at UNC Charlotte, by phone.

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Republican officials say such a large event requires months of preparation, making it imperative they receive assurances.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to relocate the Republican National Convention if restrictions are placed on the crowd size due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. DeSantis rolled out the welcome mat.

In a Friday call with North Carolina officials, the RNC discussed holding a limited convention to accommodate safety concerns, according to an official familiar with the conversation.

"With world-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, and workforce, Georgia would be honored to safely host the Republican National Convention", Kemp tweeted. "We hope you will consider the Peach State, ⁦‪@realDonaldTrump⁩!"

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Mr. Kemp and Mr. DeSantis have been at the forefront of the Republican push to reopen states during the coronavirus pandemic, scoring them points with Republican activists and scorn from Democrats.

On the Democratic side, the party pushed its convention back from July to August because of the global health crisis.

The number of infected residents continues to rise in North Carolina, where Republicans plan to hold their national convention for two years this August.

Governor Roy Cooper appeared unmoved by the threat on Tuesday, telling reporters that he was not surprised by anything he saw on Twitter.

The governor's current executive order prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

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