Coronavirus USA Updates: RNC sends letter to North Carolina outlining safety protocols for convention

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Coronavirus USA Updates: RNC sends letter to North Carolina outlining safety protocols for convention
Coronavirus USA Updates: RNC sends letter to North Carolina outlining safety protocols for convention

The Republican National Committee sent a letter Thursday to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper outlining some safety protocols to move forward with the Republican convention during the coronavirus pandemic – signaling the party’s preference to keep the convention in Charlotte after President Donald Trump threatened to pull it.

The letter, signed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Marcia Lee Kelly, the President and CEO of the Republican National Convention, comes as the national party and the Democratic governor found themselves in a stalemate, after Trump tweeted that he is considering moving the event outside of North Carolina.

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In response to the RNC’s letter, a spokesperson for Gov. Roy Cooper said the governor’s office will share a response to the letter on Friday, after review from state health officials.

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“We are still waiting for a plan from the RNC, but our office will work with state health officials to review the letter and share a response tomorrow,” Sadie Weiner, a spokesperson for Cooper said in a statement to ABC News.

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The RNC did not intend for the letter to be the plan, with a convention spokesperson telling ABC News the safety measures included in the letter are “a few suggested elements under consideration.”

Absent from the RNC’s letter were mentions of social distancing and wearing masks.

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