After having threatened to pull the Republican convention from North Carolina, he is now demanding that the event be held without face masks even with the dangers of the coronavirus.
The president called Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper insisting that for the Republicans to hold their convention in North Carolina, it would be without the use of face masks and without social distancing protocols.
The move by President Trump goes in line with his agenda to have states across the country reopen for business, a battle he is currently fighting with most governors.
Spokeswoman for the governor, Sadie Weiner went on to say :
“The Governor spoke to the President today. When the President insisted on a full convention arena with no face coverings and no social distancing the Governor expressed concerns and suggested a scaled back event with fewer attendees,” before going on to add that:
“They agreed to continue talking about ways to have a safe convention in Charlotte.”
The Republicans and Democrats are tackling the issue of the coronavirus in different ways with the Republicans opting to push for things to return to normal though stating that they would take some healthy precautions at the convention including pre-travel health surveys, supplying anti-bacterial gel and screening attendees at the convention.
The democrats, on the other hand, have decided to play it as safe as possible, not only postponing their convention by a month but also announcing that the convention may be held virtually as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Republican National Convention (RNC) committee stated that they required a definite response from Governor Roy Cooper as to whether he could guarantee the terms stated by the president otherwise they would have to fall back on the president’s threat to pull out of North Carolina.
However, Mandy Cohen who is the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary first required the RNC committee to first inform her department what procedures the RNC was implementing to ensure that the convention fell under CDC regulations and guidelines.
With face covering with masks, as well as social distancing, being some of the required guidelines which the president is looking to subvert, it seems that an ensuing battle of compromises is about to begin unless the Republican National Convention committee is willing to pull out of North Carolina as promised.