Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.
Context: The coronavirus pandemic forced the RNC to pick a new venue for the president to deliver his speech after convention events in Jacksonville, Florida, were canceled.
- Trump also floated delivering the speech at the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania.
What he’s saying: “I’ll probably be giving my speech at the White House because it is a great place. It’s a place that makes me feel good, it makes the country feel good,” Trump told the Post, adding it would also be easiest for law enforcement and the Secret Service.
- “We’d do it possibly outside on one of the lawns, we have various lawns, so we could have it outside in terms of the China virus.”
Of note: “We could have quite a group of people. It’s very big, a very big lawn. We could have a big group of people,” Trump responded when asked if he’d formally accept the Republican nomination for president with a crowd present.
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