President Trump said he will most likely give his speech for the Republican National Convention from the White House, despite barbs thrown from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that it was “very wrong.”
During an exclusive interview with The Post at the White House, he said his vision is to deliver his speech in front of supporters later this month, as reported by Fox News.
“I’ll probably be giving my speech at the White House because it is a great place. It’s a place that makes me feel good, it makes the country feel good,” Trump told the Post, saying it would make it easier for law enforcement and the Secret Service.
“We’d do it possibly outside on one of the lawns, we have various lawns, so we could have it outside in terms of the China virus,” he continued, with reference to the CCP Virus social distancing guidelines.
The president has considered several different locations, including the Great Battlefield of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania and the East Wing of the White House.
According to The Post, the president said delivering his speech from the White House makes sense, as it would be a “tremendous saving in cost,” and Gettysberg would be too hot in the middle of summer.
“Gettysburg is special. I will be doing something at Gettysburg, it may be something different, not for the convention,” he said.
“We’re going to be doing something terrific at Gettysburg but when it gets a little bit cooler because now it’s, you know, it’s August 27, so that’s pretty hot out there,” he continued.
“We’re going to do something, I love Pennsylvania and I love Gettysburg, so we’re going to do something in Gettysburg at a little bit later date,” he said.
Democrats were incensed at the idea of the president delivering his speech from the White House. Pelosi told MSNBC’s, Andrea Mitchell, “Whether it’s legally wrong or ethically out of the question, it shouldn’t even have been something that was expressed.”
“For the President of the United States to degrade once again the White House, as he has done over and over again, by saying he’s going to completely politicize it, is something that should be rejected right out of hand,” Pelosi continued.
Due to the CCP Virus pandemic, both Republicans and Democrats have had no choice but to move their conventions online due to social distancing restrictions.