Pelosi Insists Trump Trump’s Speech ‘Will Not Happen’ During WH As Republicans Back Against Movement
Nancy Pelosi spoke out against President Donald Trump’s announcement that he wants to deliver his Republican National Convention speech by the White House later this month.
“You have no political events in the White House,” Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday. “You can’t do it.”
“Yes, it’s all wrong,” the Speaker of the House told MSNBC presenter Andrea Mitchell. “That the President of the United States relegates the White House again, as he has done time and time again by saying that he is going to politicize it completely, must be rejected immediately.”
“Again, it’s cheating, not serious thinking,” she said, suggesting the move is another attempt to distract from the coronavirus pandemic.
“It won’t happen, let’s put it this way,” she argued. “Whether legally wrong or ethically excluded, it shouldn’t even have been anything.”
Some members of Trump’s own party have also pushed back against the new plans.
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn called it “problematic.” And Senator John Thune questioned the legality of holding political events in the White House.
“Is that even legal?” he asked when reporters put the president’s suggestion to the South Dakota senator.
“I guess you can’t do that,” he continued. “I assume there are problems with the Hatch Act or something.”
Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, suggested making other plans.
“Probably not allowed,” he told reporters in the Capitol. ‘Probably not.’
Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he will likely make his Republican nomination speech from the White House after being forced to shake up convention plans several times due to coronavirus restrictions.
Home speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out against Donald Trump’s suggestion that he be allowed to deliver his speech on the Republican Convention from the White House
“You have no political events in the White House,” Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday, adding that it is “wrong” and that you cannot do it. “
Members of Trump’s own party also had questions about the move. “Is that even legal?” Republican Senator John Thune said when asked about his views on the President’s plans. “I assume you can’t do that”
“Probably not allowed,” Republican Senator Ron Johnson told reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday. “Probably shouldn’t do it”
President Trump opposed those comments at a news conference on Wednesday evening, claiming “it’s legal” and assuring it is the most “cost-conscious” option.
“When I use the White House, we save huge amounts of money for the government in terms of security and travel,” he said, adding that the White House option is most convenient.
“We’re going virtual and we’re going to deliver live speeches from different locations,” Trump told Fox & Friends in a call-in interview on Wednesday morning. “And I’m going to do mine on Thursday night, and it will be live.”
“I’m probably doing mine live from the White House,” Trump said of the speech, confirming that he is considering moving the convention’s main event to Washington, DC
When asked about republican pushback on Wednesday evening, Trump assured “It’s legal” and claims that the Hatch Act does not apply to presidents.
He also said at a White House press conference that hosting the events there would be very “cost-conscious”.
“When I use the White House, we save huge amounts of money for the government on security and travel,” Trump told reporters in the James S. Brady Briefing Room. “If we move to a different state or location, the amount of money, you know, is very high.”
“That’s something to think about,” he added. “I think it would be a very convenient location. It would be the least expensive location by far. There would be very little in terms of that great travel and security in terms of planes and everyone flying everywhere. ‘
Trump said earlier Wednesday that he is open to delivering his speech from a different location if problems arise with the new plans, he finds the White House the ‘easiest, least expensive’ and ‘very nice’ location.
His campaign also said they are looking into options to reimburse the government for all costs incurred as part of the White House events.
Several Democrats have expressed concern about violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits employees of the executive from participating in specific forms of political activity.
Democrats and some Republicans have suggested that this could include using the White House as a location for political or campaign-related functions.
While the house speaker condemned the president of his decision, she praised Joe Biden for deciding not to travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the Democrat Convention and to deliver his speech from his home state of Delaware.
“It will be a great convention. People will see it virtually and we are very proud of him, “the California Democrats said of the supposed Democratic nominee.
Biden also announced on Wednesday that he will not be traveling for his conference speech.
When asked about the president’s announcement, Senator Mike Rounds said, “Well, he lives there. What are his options? ‘
The president told Fox & Friends during a call-in interview Wednesday morning that he is “likely” to deliver his Republican Convention acceptance speech “live from the White House.”
Trump has been forced to change his plans a few times due to coronavirus restrictions in North Carolina and Florida – two previous locations for his acceptance speech
Trump also revealed that first lady Melania Trump, “warrior congressmen,” such as his Capitol Hill allies Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz, will also make speeches as part of the Republican National Convention nomination.
The first night of the four-day convention still takes place on August 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina – the original site of the four-year event.
That Monday is the voting evening for nominations, which will be broadcast live.
Reports said last weekend that the media would not personally attend access to Congress in Charlotte, but Trump said those reports were untrue.
“We’re going to let the press in to check it out,” Trump told the Fox & Friends panel. “But you know, socially distant.”
The convention was initially scheduled to take place in Charlotte, but the president urged the committee to change events to Jacksonville, Florida after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper limited the attendance over concerns about the corona virus.
Florida, at the time of the change, had much looser lockdown orders, allowing the president to have his desired audience for his nomination acceptance speech.
However, as a result of a wave of business in the Sunshine State, block orders were restored and the president gave up the move – and other major convention events – to Florida.
Since then, official plans have been in the air and no final decision has been announced.
Several hundred Republican delegates will meet in Charlotte on August 24 to nominate Trump as the Republican presidential candidate.
There will then be three more days of speeches and programming from sites that have not yet been determined, ending with Trump’s speech on August 27 – likely in the White House.