President Donald Trump created a firestorm with a tweet suggesting that he’d pull the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte, N.C., because of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s restrictive coronavirus executive order.
The GOP convention is scheduled for late August in Charlotte.
“I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena.”
If the president doesn’t get an immediate answer from Cooper Trump is looking elsewhere.
Within a few hours, the Republican Party of Florida Chairman and state Sen. Joe Gruters responded, saying Florida would be more than happy to host the convention.
“America’s #1 Governor @GovRonDeSantis and the state of Florida would welcome @realDonaldTrump and the 2020 convention with open arms,” Gruters tweeted. “Florida is open for business. @FloridaGOP”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp also welcomed President Trump and the GOP convention.
“With world-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, and workforce, Georgia would be honored to safely host the Republican National Convention,” Kemp tweeted. “We hope you will consider the Peach State, @realdonaldtrump!”
“Under Governor Kemp, Georgia has led the nation in safely reopening its economy,” Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer said. “We have first-class facilities, a skilled workforce and a reputation for hospitality second to none. We would be proud to host the Republican National Convention.”
A Cooper spokesperson responded on twitter, saying: “State health officials are working with the RNC and will review its plans as they make decisions about how to hold the convention in Charlotte. North Carolina is relying on data and science to protect our state’s public health and safety.”
Republican Charlotte City Council member Ed Driggs told the Charlotte Observer that the contract is with the GOP’s Committee on Arrangements, not the White House.