Republican National Convention will be closed to the press

Cheryl Sanders
August 2, 2020

It is unclear whether the C-SPAN broadcaster will be allowed to air the RNC, where party members will nominate President Donald Trump to stand in the November election.

The vote to formally nominate Trump will, however, be livestreamed, according to CNN, which cited a Republican official.

Saturday's decision marks a significant change for the convention, which historically has worked to draw media attention to spread party messaging to the public, said the BBC report. This means the dramatically scaled-down Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be closed to the press.

But he later scrapped the Florida convention, blaming the state's coronavirus "flare-up".

The decision was first reported by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The convention and the voting will be live-streamed.

On 23 July, Trump told reporters that he was canceling "the Jacksonville, Florida, component of the GOP convention", as it was "not the right time" to hold a "big convention".

The subset of delegates in Charlotte will be casting proxy votes on behalf of the more than 2,500 official delegates to the convention.

"Considering that the health constraints and constraints in place over the country of North Carolina, we're likely for its Charlotte actions to be shut media Friday, August 21 - Monday, August 24", a conference spokeswoman said.

"We are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events".

Some GOP delegations have raised logistical issues with travelling to either city, citing the increasing number of jurisdictions imposing mandatory quarantine orders on travellers returning from states experiencing surges in the virus.

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