One of the nation’s oldest newspapers allegedly circulated wrong information about a political conference being relocated to another state, the president said.
President Donald Trump has accused the New York Times of spreading false speculation that the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) would be held in southern Florida instead of North Carolina on Aug. 24 to 27.
“I have zero interest in moving the Republican National Convention to Doral in Miami, as falsely reported by the ‘fake news’ New York Times in order to stir up trouble,” he said on Twitter.
The president revealed facilities at his Trump National Doral Miami Resort would be unsuitable for such a large-scale event that could attract as many as 2,550 delegates from across the nation.
“[The] ballroom is not nearly big enough and [I] would like to stay in N.C., whose governor does not even know if he can let people in,” he said.
The remarks came after an international news wire agency published a story, which the New York Times circulated, about the president threatening to move the convention to the Sunshine State, if North Carolina’s governor fails to lift social distancing measures in time.
“Trump said on Twitter that if Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper does not immediately answer ‘whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied,’ then the party will find ‘with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another RNC site,'” Reuters reported.
However, the social media post in question actually states it would be preferable for the convention to be held in the Old North State.
“I love the great state of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the RNC in Charlotte at the end of August,” the president said on Twitter.
The president will simply let the governor decide and respond accordingly.
“They must be immediately given an answer by the governor as to whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied,” he said on Twitter. “If not, we will be reluctantly forced to find, with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another RNC site. This is not something I want to do. Thank you, and I love the people of North Carolina.”
Cooper confirmed he is working with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to find a solution for event organizers.
“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,” the governor said according to the New York Times. “North Carolina is relying on data and science to protect our state’s public health and safety.”