Republicans to require coronavirus testing at party convention

Henrietta Strickland
July 8, 2020

The plan to require thousands of attendees to get tested for the coronavirus before entering the convention site illustrates the efforts the party is undertaking to ensure President Donald Trump speaks to a packed house when he accepts the nomination.

The Republican National Committee had already gone so far as to move the scheduled August 24-27 convention from the original host city Charlotte, N.C., after Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, wouldn't guarantee approval for big gatherings.

In an interview for her program Full Court Press, Van Susteren pressed the president on the party's response to the ominous pandemic situation in Florida, where coronavirus cases have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

With coronavirus cases exploding in Florida, President Trump said he is "flexible" about the need for a traditional indoor Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month.

Trump said that when the RNC announced it was changing venues, Florida "looked good".

"It's spiking up a little bit", he told Van Susteren. Look, we're very flexible.

Sen. Grassley added, "Going to a place where the governor feels that it's safer is probably the right thing to do if you want to have a convention-and I think we should have a convention, but I think you should do whatever you can to make it as safe as possible so that would mean with face masks and with social distancing".

Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and 80-year-old Sen.

The Post's report comes hours after a spokesperson for Alexander told TPM in a statement earlier Tuesday that he won't attend the Republican National Convention "because he believes the delegate spots should be reserved for those who have not had that privilege before as he has had". Last week, Jacksonville had the fastest-growing rate of coronavirus cases of any metropolitan area in the U.S. The 86-year-old pointed out that he has not missed a convention - held every four years - since being elected to the Senate in 1980.

Over the weekend Florida set a record for the highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day for any state during the pandemic, with almost 11,500 confirmed cases added on Saturday.

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