Published: Thu, May 28, 2020

Cooper wants safety plans for RNC as Trump threatens to relocate event

Cooper wants safety plans for RNC as Trump threatens to relocate event

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to pull the Republican Convention out of North Carolina if its Governor did not guarantee that there would be no restrictions on crowd numbers.

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to take place in Charlotte Aug. 24-27, but due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, Cooper has not guaranteed that the arena will be allowed to operate at full capacity.

"Texas would welcome President Trump and the RNC Convention", Dickey said on Monday.

"The status of COVID-19 infections in our state and in the Charlotte area continues to rapidly evolve, thus, it will be important to have several scenarios planned that can be deployed depending on the public health situation", Cohen wrote. Mecklenburg County, where Charlotte is located, recorded more then 3,200 cases and 73 deaths as per the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus database. A third of the cases were tallied in the past two weeks.

Nearly 100,000 people have died with coronavirus in the US.

Trump tweeted Monday that Cooper should immediately notify the Republican party whether the convention set for August 24-27 at the Spectrum Center can be fully occupied or else "we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republic National Convention site". Pre-pandemic, Republicans estimated the convention would draw 50,000 visitors.

North Carolina is operating in phase two of its reopening plan, with any groups advised to be limited under 10 people while inside.

"It's just the governor". He has to work with us. "I'm a traditionalist, but we'll have to see, like everything else, but I think we'll be in good shape by that time", he told the Washington Examiner earlier in May.


Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told a FOX News show on Tuesday that "a lot of states" have stepped forward as alternatives to North Carolina.

"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". "He's not a party to the contract himself".

"I'm not so concerned about the tweet".

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., who is up for re-election amid allegations of insider trading, said she "totally" agreed with Kemp.

The Governor continued to say that the virus is still going to be here in the coming months so they want to take steps in order to protect people. "So I get e-mails saying, 'call it off, call it off, ' and I get others from my own supporters saying 'stand firm, stand tall'".

Trump tweeted on Monday that the party would find another site for the Republican National Convention if North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, did not immediately say whether the convention space can be "fully occupied". Mulligan, who retired from the financial services industry, said he would be comfortable with attending convention events even though, at his age, he's in a high-risk group. He said he thinks a full convention can be held if they screen attendees for symptoms.

"The economy can't withstand losing the RNC", he said.

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