President Trump confirmed Thursday to The Post he intends to deliver his National Congress speech from the White House lawn, contradicting critics who said the location was inappropriate.
During an exclusive interview with the Oval Office, the president said he would visit the battlefield at Gettysburg at a “later date” and outlined his vision for a community-sponsored speech to supporters at the executive residence in Washington, DC later. this month.
“I will definitely give my speech at the White House because it is a great place. It is a place that makes me feel good, it makes the country feel good,”; Trump told the Post, saying it would also be more easy law enforcement and Secret Service.
“We would do it outside of one of the lawns, we have different lawns, so we can have it outside of it as far as the China virus is concerned,” he continued, referring to guidelines for social distancing between the coronavirus pandemic.
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“We could have a group of people. It’s too big, the lawn is too big. We could have a large group of people,” he said when asked if he would formally accept the Republican nomination for president with a crowd of supporters.
The president was forced to give up his plans last month for a dizzying RNC celebration in Jacksonville, Florida, as the Sunshine State battled a tsunami of COVID-19 infections.
The Trump team sailed a number of locations, including the Great Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania or the eastern flank of the White House.
The idea of the president delivering his congressional speech from the executive residence ousted his critics, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it was wrong.
“Whether it is legally wrong or ethically out of the question, it should not be something that was expressed,” Pelosi told Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC.
The Hatch Act prohibits government employees from participating in partisan political activities when they are in office, in uniform, or on federal property. Does not apply to the president or vice president.
The president told the White House Post address it would be an “extraordinary cost savings” as he lives there already and said he did not like the idea of giving an address to the battlefield in Pennsylvania in the middle of summer.
“Gettysburg is special. “I will do something in Gettysburg, it could be something different, not for the congress,” he said.
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“We’re going to do something scary in Gettysburg, but when it gets a little cooler because now it ‘s, you know, it’ s August 27, so it ‘s very hot there,” he continued.
“We’re going to do something, I love Pennsylvania and I love Gettysburg, so we’re going to do something in Gettysburg on a date a little later,” he said.
The Republican convention will last from Aug. 24-27 while Democrats will hold their congress from Aug. 17-20.
Democrats have also moved their congress online and nominee Joe Biden will deliver his state acceptance speech in Delaware.