CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday night saying due to Gov. Roy Cooper’s restrictions on North Carolina, the Republican National Committee has been forced to find a new host state for the RNC.
“Because of [Gov. Cooper], we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention,” Trump’s final tweet read.
The President had put Gov. Cooper on a deadline to know if the convention could move forward at full capacity last week and on Saturday, the Republican National Committee set a tight deadline for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to provide guidance on whether the party can host a “full” presidential convention in the state in August as planned
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and CEO of the 2020 Republican National Convention Marcia Lee Kelly penned a letter to Cooper laying out their plans for holding the event in Charlotte, N.C. — and seeking a response by Wednesday on whether they can proceed amid coronavirus-related restrictions.
Trump said Gov. Cooper failed to guarantee that they can use the Spectrum [Center] and that the state is still in ‘shelter-in-place’ mode.
Gov. Cooper later responded saying the state has been been committed to a safe RNC and that it’s “unfortunate” that they could not come to an agreement on a scaled-down version of the convention.
“Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority.”
The City of Charlotte later added that they have not been contacted by the Republican National Committee and that they have a contract in place to host the convention.
“The City Attorney will be in contact with the attorneys for the RNC to understand their full intentions.”