President Trump Says He's 'Forced' to Pull RNC from CLT, Cooper Responds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Donald Trump tweeted late Tuesday night that he is forced to seek another state to host the Republican National Convention after Gov. Cooper said he couldn't guarantee a full capacity convention come August.

"Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena - Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and then tell them they will not be able to gain entry," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Governor Cooper is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised. Would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the World, and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs, for the State. Because of Gov. Cooper we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention." 

Gov. Cooper responded to President Trump's tweets saying protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is his first priority. 

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