President Trump says he will pull the Republican National Convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of Gov. Roy Cooper's reluctance to allow 19,000 delegates to pack the Spectrum Center arena. Finding a venue and throwing together an event in less than three months - all because the president wants to pretend the coronavirus threat has disappeared, reality notwithstanding - is probably going to be trickier than Team Trump realizes.
A Charlotte convention could help Trump boost enthusiasm among North Carolina supporters, but he could also frustrate some voters if he pushes too hard during a delicate time for health and public safety, Bitzer said.
The party was also considering a split convention, with the votes on platform and rules taking place in Charlotte and the speeches and pageantry taking place in another city, such as Jacksonville, Florida, or Las Vegas, said a source familiar with the discussions. "Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and then tell them they will not be able to gain entry".
The president blamed Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper for the change in plans, saying that the governor is still in "Shelter-In-Place Mode" and has thus far refused to guarantee that the Spectrum Arena in Charlotte would be able to operate at full capacity for the convention August 24-27. "Would have showcased handsome North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State", Trump tweeted.
Trump has insisted on having a full convention and ripped Cooper, threatening to move the event, scheduled for August 24-27, to Florida or Georgia or another state with a Republican governor.
And later he told reporters it was unlikely that virus trends would allow a full-capacity nominating convention for Mr Trump to proceed at Charlotte's National Basketball Association arena.
"As much as we want the conditions surrounding COVID-19 to be favorable enough for you to hold the convention you describe in late August, it is very unlikely", Cooper added.
Earlier Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper sent a letter to the Republican National Committee saying that a full convention, now scheduled to take place in August, was not likely. Former Vice President Joe Biden is the party's presumptive presidential nominee.
The Republican governors of states including Tennessee, Florida and Georgia had said they would be interested in hosting if North Carolina fell through.
Mr Trump's announcement came after a call with Mr Cooper in which the president had told Mr Cooper he wanted a traditional convention with a packed arena full of delegates - and with no face coverings to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
At least 30,022 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 961 have died, according to the state and county health departments, the Raleigh News & Observer reported Tuesday.