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President Donald Trump on Monday said he would accept the Republican nomination for president in North Carolina, marking a return to a state he spurned in June over to its restriction of large gatherings due to coronavirus.
The announcement is the latest development in Trump’s Republican National Convention walkback and comes days after the president canceled his plans to host the convention's keynote events in Jacksonville, Fla.
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"I'll be in North Carolina, and that's a very big deal because we have a lot of the delegates there and that'll be a nomination process," Trump told, a Raleigh, N.C. television station. "And that's essentially where the nomination, where it's formalized. And I'm really honored to do it in North Carolina."
Trump told WRAL he would announce the exact location of his North Carolina acceptance speech in the coming week.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Republican National Convention was set to take place in Charlotte. But as cases and deaths mounted in North Carolina over the spring, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.
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Trump bristled at the possible denial of a blockbuster event and wrote on Twitter on June 2 that he would beaway from North Carolina.
Nine days later, theas their new destination, with Trump scheduled to deliver the keynote acceptance address as part of a multi-night event. But the shift to Jacksonville proved to be too fraught with complications as Florida’s Covid-19 caseload spiked, the state's resources.
As recently as July 21, Trump campaign officials were assuring the public, even as local law enforcement sounded warning signs. Trump officially called off the Jacksonville event on July 23.
“It's just not the right time,” Trump said.
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