President Donald Trump said Tuesday that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper had refused to guarantee that coronavirus restrictions wouldn’t affect the Republican National Convention.
“Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-in-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised,” he wrote in a string of tweets. “We are now forced to seek another state to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.”
Trump triggered the back-and-forth about the RNC last week, when he threatened to move the event from Charlotte if there was a chance that the venue could not be filled due to virus-related restrictions, tweeting that Cooper must “guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance” in the arena.
Earlier today, Cooper said he would not provide the president and his party with a “guarantee” that the party could hold a full-scale convention in Charlotte this summer, citing public health concerns.