NORTH CAROLINA—On Monday, May 25, in a series of tweets, President Donald Trump communicated that the 2020 Republican National Convention may not be held in Charlotte, North Carolina as it was expected to be in late August.
Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina has yet to lift full-capacity gathering restrictions on the state. North Carolina is in its second phase of the reopening plan which allows for hair salons, barbershops, and restaurants to conduct business. Entertainment venues, gyms, and bars remain closed.
Republicans “must be immediately given an answer by the Governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied. If not, we will be reluctantly forced…to find… another Republican National Convention site. This is not something I want to do,” said President Trump. He added that he has no interest in moving the convention to Miami, and reiterated wanting the convention to remain in North Carolina.
Governor Cooper’s office responded, stating:
“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… North Carolina is relying on data and science to protect our state’s public health and safety.”