Trump says GOP moving convention out of N.C.

President Trump said Tuesday he would move the GOP’s August convention out of North Carolina. He announced the decision hours after North Carolina’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, rejected a request to guarantee the party would be able to fill the Charlotte arena to capacity for the Republican National Convention, despite concerns about spreading the coronavirus.

“The people of North Carolina do not know what the status of COVID-19 will be in August, so planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing, and face coverings is a necessity,” Cooper said in a letter to the Republican National Committee.

Democrats have debated whether to shift some of their nominating convention online to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections in large crowds.

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