President Trump lashes Biden, defies pandemic on White House stage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a national moment fraught with racial turmoil and a deadly pandemic, President Donald Trump accepted his party’s renomination on a massive White House South Lawn stage Thursday night, boasting of helping African Americans and defying his own administration’s pandemic guidelines to address a tightly packed, largely maskless crowd. As troubles churned […]

GOP convention defends police as racial tension rises anew

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans aggressively defended law enforcement on the third night of their convention, as the nation faced renewed tensions following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Wisconsin that sparked protests in a state that could decide the fall election. Vice President Mike Pence, the evening’s featured speaker, seized on […]

‘Fighting for you’: First lady makes her case for Trump vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump portrayed her husband as an authentic, uncompromising leader in a Rose Garden address as President Donald Trump turned to family, farmers and the trappings of the presidency to boost his reelection chances on the second night of the scaled-down Republican National Convention. Mrs. Trump offered a polished portrait […]

President Trump questions election integrity as he’s renominated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump turned a surprise opening-day appearance at his party’s scaled-down national convention into an opportunity to question the integrity of the fall election, even as his aides promised a diverse and uplifting message once the evening program shifted back to Washington, D.C. for prime time. Trump, who was not […]

President Trump’s vision of American greatness at center of GOP Convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will aim to cast the story of Donald Trump’s presidency when they hold their national convention, featuring speakers drawn from everyday life as well as cable news and the White House while drawing a stark contrast with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. President Trump is looking to shift his campaign away […]

No hoopla: Virus upends President Trump, Biden convention plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the last minute, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, are searching for places to impressively yet safely accept their parties’ presidential nominations as the spread of the coronavirus adds fresh uncertainty to the campaign for the White House. Trump said Wednesday he’s considering giving his Aug. 27 acceptance […]

North Carolina governor: RNC hasn’t submitted safety plan

Charlotte (AP), May 29 – North Carolina’s governor said Thursday that his administration hasn’t received the written safety plan for the upcoming Republican National Convention requested by his health secretary in response to President Donald Trump’s demands for a full-scale event. Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said during a media briefing that RNC organizers have […]

Georgia governor offers state as alternative GOP convention host

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgia’s governor is offering his state and its “world-class facilities” as host of the Republican National Convention — a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state’s Democratic governor doesn’t assure him that the August gathering can go forward despite coronavirus fears. Georgia […]

President Trump threatens to move RNC without assurances from governor

Charlotte, North Carolina (AP), May 26 – President Donald Trump threatened Monday to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if the state’s Democratic governor doesn’t immediately sign off on allowing a full-capacity gathering in August despite the ongoing COVID-19 panic. Trump’s tweets about the upcoming RNC in Charlotte come two days after […]