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The president told the Post in an interview that he plans to give his socially distant acceptance speech in the White House in front of supporters.
“I’ll probably give my speech in the White House because it’s a good place. It’s a place that makes me feel good, it makes the country feel good,” Trump told the Post.
“We would possibly do it outside on one of the lawns, we have different lawns, so we can have it outside in the case of the China virus,” Trump added.
Asked if he would host a crowd of supporters, he said: “We could have quite a group of people.”
The president told the news outlet that he would visit his second polling station for the speech, Gettysburg, Pa., At a “later date.”
Trump originally proposed the idea of giving the speech in the White House earlier this month, saying it was “probably” where he would give it. But the announcement led to backlash from critics and some Republicans, who suggested it could violate the Hatch Act, which restricts the political activities of federal employees while on duty.
The White House and the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The site of Trump’s acceptance speech was up in the air after the president suspended the planned convention in Jacksonville, Florida, due to the growing number of coronavirus cases in the state.
Last week, after facing criticism from lawmakers, including from Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneTrump Takes “Third Railroad” in Payroll Tax Policy Pause Davis: Hall of Shame for GOP Senators to Stay Silent Donald Trump says he will accept nomination from either the White House or Gettysburg MORE (RS.D.), over his proposal to speak in the White House, the president said he intended to either deliver the Republican National Conference in the White House or the battlefield in Gettysburg.
Trump announced in his interview with the Post that the speech in the White House would provide “huge savings[s] in cost. He added that he would rather give a speech in Gettysburg when it was not summer.
“Gettysburg is special. “I will do something at Gettysburg, it may be something different, not for the conference,” he said.
“We’re going to do something great in Gettysburg, but when it’s getting a little cooler for now, you know, it’s August 27, so it’s pretty hot out there,” Trump added.
Several lawmakers questioned whether the White House speech violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits government employees from participating in partisan activities while on federal property.
The president and vice president are exempt from this rule, but others are not, as are White House staff.
The Republican National Convention operates with a limited capacity from Charlotte, NC, from August 24 to 27. Trump is expected to be present to accept his nomination, but will hold his acceptance proposal for August 27 elsewhere.
Charlotte was the original venue for the conference before Trump moved to Jacksonville due to disagreements over coronavirus restrictions.
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