President Trump announced the Republican National Convention will not take place in North Carolina after discussions with the state’s governor.
On Tuesday night, Trump blamed Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper for prohibiting the Republican National Committee from hosting its 2020 convention without restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, @NC_Governor Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena – Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and then tell them they will not be able to gain entry,” Trump tweeted.
“Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised. Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State.”
…then tell them they will not be able to gain entry. Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised. Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
June 3, 2020
In an additional tweet, Trump said, “Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.”
The Republican National Committee was scheduled to take place at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, from Aug. 24-27. However, speculation grew that the convention may move its hosting site after public disagreements grew between Trump and Cooper.
GOP Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said his state of Georgia would be “honored” to host the convention as an alternative to North Carolina, touting Georgia’s facilities, dining, hotels, and workforce.
“We hope you will consider the Peach State, @realdonaldtrump!” Kemp tweeted to Trump at the end of May.
GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a staunch ally of the president, also said he’d “love” for the convention to be held in Florida, a state Trump regularly visits. “Florida would love to have the RNC. Heck, I’m a Republican, it would be good for us to have the DNC,” DeSantis said about the idea.