- Trump Gave North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper a Week to Address Whether or Not the Republican Nation Convention Could Proceed as Scheduled.
- RNC officials expressed Similar Sentiments.
- Trump Expressed Concerns of the Substantial Costs of Outfitting the Chosen Arena for the Convention.
Earlier last week President Trump said he needed a decision from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper as to whether the Republican National Convention could proceed as scheduled. Trump told reporters in the White House that, “We need a fast decision from the governor. He’s been acting very, very slowly and very suspiciously, but we’ll find out. We’re talking about a very short period of time. . . . I would say within a week that certainly we have to know. if he can’t do it, if he feels he’s not going to do it, all he has to do is tell us. And then we’ll have to pick another location. And I tell you a lot of locations want it.”
On Saturday the RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and CEO of the 2020 Republican National Convention Marcia Lee Kell wrote to Governor Cooper, expressing similar sentiments. The two wrote, “The RNC has worked tirelessly and in good faith throughout the planning process to make this a successful event for everyone. That has not changed. While we have demonstrated our commitment and acted to ensure a safe convention, to date, we have received no guidance that provides us with any assurances that the Convention can proceed according to the terms of the various participants’ original agreements. Proactively, we have plans in place for temperature checks, testing before and during the Convention, making masks available for those who request one and providing enhanced sanitization of public areas in order to protect the health of attendees and the residents of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County”
They stated that the RNC plans for a “full” convention and expressed a necessity for guidance from the governor as to whether or not that would be possible.
They wrote that they “need to know by Wednesday, June 3” if they will be allowed to have a “full” convention, stressing the importance of a clear and swift response from Governor Cooper.
President Trump additionally expressed concerns regarding the substantial cost of outfitting the chosen arena for the convention. Trump stated that the Republicans will have to “spend millions and millions of dollars on an arena to make it magnificent for the convention.” Trump continued, “Now if the governor can’t tell us very soon, unfortunately, we’ll have no choice. This is nothing to do with us. This is between the governor and North Carolina and the people of North Carolina. . . . Now (Cooper’s) a Democrat and a lot of the Democrats for political reasons don’t want to open up their states so we’ll see if that works, but I don’t think it will.”
Interestingly, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp stated last week that, “Georgia would be honored to safely host” the Republican National Convention.