President Donald Trump has put an end to speculation about the location of the upcoming Republican National Convention.
According to Fox Business, Trump announced on Twitter on Tuesday that the GOP had been “forced” to look for a new site to host their annual convention after leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina failed to commit in time.
The GOP convention would have served as a huge economic boom for the city of Charlotte as well as the surrounding communities in both North and South Carolina. Events like this can inject millions, if not billions, of dollars into the local economy.
But that is apparently not going to happen for business owners in both of these states, who were probably hoping the convention could begin to dig them out of the hole the COVID-19 pandemic has dug for them.
North Carolina officials have not been able to guarantee that a full-capacity event would be able to be held, so now, the party is looking elsewhere, Trump said in a series of tweets Tuesday, according to Fox Business.
“Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, [North Carolina Gov.] Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena,” Trump wrote. “Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and…then tell them they will not be able to gain entry,” he lamented.
The president went on:
…millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
It remains unclear where the GOP will relocate the convention to, but it will more than likely be a state with a strong Republican presence, like Georgia.
“I’ve spoken to the president about coming to Georgia,” Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) recently said, according to Fox Business. “I would love for him to have a rally or even hold the convention in the state of Georgia. And I’ve actually spoken to him and the vice president about that.”
Trump has been very adamant that he wants the convention held at full capacity, and with no face coverings mandated for attendees. Of course, those at the convention would still be able to wear them if they so choose, but Trump clearly wants the appearance of normalcy for this convention, rather than a sad reminder of the battle this administration has faced with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Only time will tell if the GOP feels Georgia is the best option for making that happen.