North Carolina's Democratic governor is the target of Trump's convention push

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts during a campaign rally in Charlotte North Carolina

President Trump is threatening to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina unless the governor can "immediately" guarantee that delegates will be allowed to fill the arena in Charlotte.

The governors' Press Secretary Dory MacMillan responded to Trump's tweets in a statement saying, "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".

Demanding an answer on whether Republicans would be able to move forward with a fully-attended convention in August, Trump said that if North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, could not commit to the allowance, the RNC would be reluctantly forced to move the convention and "all of the jobs and economic development it brings" to another state. "This is not something I want to do", Trump said.

"We all want to be in Charlotte, we love North Carolina, but having a sense now is absolutely essential because of the vast preparations that are involved", he said.

Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News it is "absolutely essential" that Cooper gives a "swift response" or the convention could be moved to a state that is "farther along on reopening".

"Plans are being made by many thousands of enthusiastic Republicans, and others, to head to lovely North Carolina in August, the president continued".

Currently, the RNC is scheduled to be held August 24-27 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, which is the home arena of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. But restrictions remain and will be in effect yet for weeks.

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Trump Threatens to Move Republican Convention Out of N. Carolina

As of Monday morning, the state had more than 23,200 confirmed coronavirus cases and at least 744 deaths, according to government data.

Cooper last Friday lifted his earlier stay-at-home order, but instituted a "Safer At Home" directive.

Restaurants were opened in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, as were public pools at 50% capacity.

"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".

The coronavirus pandemic has forced Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to halt campaign rallies.

The convention attracts hundreds and thousands of Trump supporters and Republican leaders from across the country wherein they pack into a giant indoor stadium for four days.


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