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President rejects public restrictions to avoid contagion with coronavirus proposed by North Carolina

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WASHINGTON – President and candidate for reelection Donald trumpannounced on Tuesday that is looking for a new venue to celebrate the Republican National Convention in August, after North Carolina authorities expressed their concern about the massive attendance expected at the COVID-19 pandemic event.

“Because of the Governor of North Carolina, we are forced to find another state to host the 2020 Republican National Convention,” Trump wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday night.

The republican convention, the great event in which the party chooses its candidate for the presidential elections in November, It was slated so far in Charlotte, North Carolina, from August 24 to 27, and before the pandemic broke out, the event was expected to draw some 50,000 people to the city.

Last week, Trump threatened to move the convention to another location. if the North Carolina authorities did not guarantee that he could hold the appointment without great changes, despite the fact that public health experts continue to discourage the crowds due to the risk of COVID-19 contagion.

The president accused the Democratic governor of the state on Tuesday Roy Cooper, from “refusing to guarantee” that his party “can use the Spectrum Arena,” a Charlotte stadium that seats about 19,000 people.

“Governor Cooper is still in ‘not moving from home’ mode, and he is not letting us occupy the stadium as planned and promised. We would have shown the world beautiful North Carolina, and brought hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs, to the state. ” Trump stated on Twitter.

Republican leaders in Texas, Georgia and Florida have already offered to host the convention, which will serve to formalize Trump’s candidacy for reelection in the November 3 elections, in which he is expected to face the former vice president. Joe Biden, virtual nominee of the Democratic Party.

The North Carolina governor said Tuesday he could not guarantee Trump’s “full convention,” with the Spectrum stadium crowded and nearby bars and restaurants full, the local newspaper “Charlotte Observer” reported.

“They have demanded a crowd of 19,000 people at the Charlotte indoor stadium. We have repeated that we want to talk to them about a smaller-scale convention, but we cannot guarantee that at the end of August they can have a full stadium, ” Cooper said at a press conference in the city of Raleigh.

The president of the Republican National Committee (RNC, party secretariat), Ronna McDaniel, indicated in a tweet on Tuesday that her office will begin to visit “multiple cities and states” that have “recently contacted them to host a historic appointment and show that EE .UU. it’s open for business. ”

In addition to the aforementioned states, the leaders of several cities have also expressed their interest in hosting the event, including Las Vegas (Nevada), Nashville (Tennessee), Orlando and Jacksonville (Florida).

Despite the United States being the country in the world with the most coronavirus infections – with more than 1.83 million cases and 106,000 deaths – Trump has advocated an accelerated return to economic activity, including massive activities such as mass.

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