President Donald Trump just stunned leaders of the Republican Party. He won’t move forward unless major adjustments are made as soon as possible, and time is ticking by quickly.
Taking to Twitter, Trump criticized North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, for keeping the state “in shutdown mode” and threatened to “find … another Republican National Convention site” if something doesn’t change.
Trump said Cooper has been “unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena,” and he does not want the RNC to spend “millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard” otherwise.
“This is not something I want to do,” continued Trump. “Thank you, and I LOVE the people of North Carolina!” His full statement consisted of three tweets, but the summary of his intention is clear: Cooperate or we go somewhere else.
Trump’s comments must have hit a deep nerve, because about two hours later Cooper released a statement of his own. He insisted that “state health officials are working with the RNC and we will review its plans” when they materialize.
“North Carolina is relying on data and science to protect our state’s public health and safety,” said Cooper, which many have taken as a subtle swipe against Trump — a likely preview of the upcoming election in this key battleground state.
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