Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina

On Monday President Donald Trump threatened on Twitter to pull the August Republican National Convention out of Charlotte if Gov. Roy Cooper didn't immediately agree to a full capacity gathering. Trump

In a barrage of tweets on Monday, Trump complained that North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper was in "Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed. full attendance in the Arena".

"State health officials are working with the RNC and will review its plans as they make decisions about how to hold the convention in Charlotte", Cooper spokeswoman Dory MacMillan said in an email. "We hope you will consider the Peach State, ⁦‪@realDonaldTrump⁩!"

On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp offered up his state as the site for the convention if the RNC pulls out its stakes in North Carolina.

Calling Trump's remarks "a very reasonable request", Pence told Fox that "having a sense now is absolutely essential because of the enormous preparations that are involved, and we look forward to working with Governor Cooper, getting a swift response and, if needs be, if needs be, moving the national convention to a state that is farther along on reopening and can say with confidence that we can gather there". "They know we're talking about three months from now, so we need to have options on how this conference is going to work, depending on where we are in August". "What better boost could you have and say let's have this convention and inject hundreds of millions of dollars into this economy?" Every state we talk to says we want to nominate the president here, but this governor is up for reelection and hasn't given us the reassurances we need. "We are going to have those discussions".

Participants in the call included Cooper, RNC Convention CEO Marcia Kelly, and North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen. Even local Republican officials note that Trump doesn't have the power to unilaterally move the event scheduled to start in 90 days after two years of planning. "We'd like to reach a resolution that everybody can be reasonable about".

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

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Kemp spokeswoman Candice Broce declined to answer questions about the hasty bid and instead referred questions to Shafer.

One state's loss could be another state's gain.

"It's OK for political conventions to be political, but pandemic response can not be", Mr. Cooper said.

"I mean, if we have a really significant diminution of new cases and hospitalizations, and we're at a level where it's really very low, then again, according to the guidelines, you may be able to go to whatever phase you're in, and that's some sort of a capability of gathering", Fauci told CNN in an interview on Wednesday.

The pair bring additional political experience to the campaign's upper echelon, which is led by campaign manager Brad Parscale, a relative newcomer to national politics who ran Trump's digital effort in 2016. Terry Spencer contributed from Miami. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters.

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