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As Trump sets a new deadline, Cooper says NC remains focused on protecting its people

President Donald Trump wants a guarantee within a week that the Republican National Convention will be allowed to be held in Charlotte in late August without onerous restrictions.

Trump told reporters yesterday without those assurances, he might pull the national gathering out of North Carolina.

Governor Roy Cooper appeared unmoved by the threat on Tuesday, telling reporters that he was not surprised by anything he saw on Twitter.

“It’s okay for political conventions to be political, but pandemic response cannot be.”

Gov. Cooper says his administration is waiting to hear from the Republican National Committee about what options they would like to see on the table to pull off an event that could attract as many as 50,000 people.

“These are the same conversations that we are having with the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets, other large arena owners,”explained Cooper. “This virus is still going to be with us in August, and we’re going to have to take steps to protect people.”

The governor’s current executive order prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

While those guidelines would loosen further under the next phase of state’s reopening plan, health officials remain concerned about transmission of the virus in large crowds.

Click below to hear the governor respond to Trump’s threat to move the RNC out of North Carolina.



  1. Anne Burke

    May 27, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    I am so proud of Governor Cooper for putting the welfare of NC citizens ahead of any political agenda. Stay strong, Governor! You are doing the right thing. Thank you for going to such lengths to keep us all safe.


    May 29, 2020 at 2:37 am

    I am proud of him, too. If we can’t work together to save lives ?%, then no one should be allowed have anything! How does it look MILLIONS coming into our state with NO MASK or DISTANCING, huh?? Who’s going to pay for & treat the outbreak left behind? This doesn’t call for a rocket scientist to calculate the risk. We can’t take the risk! I stand behind my Governor. Submit a PLAN or move on.

  3. Wanda Maness

    May 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I Want our Great State of North Carolina protected! Safety First and foremost! I stand behind Governor Cooper!

  4. Helen O Priggemeier

    May 29, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    I feel very fortunate to have a governor who is not allowing the Tweeter to bully him into allowing a convention in our state that could be deadly to us.

  5. Inken Chambers Van Cura

    May 30, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Governor Cooper, I am grateful and proud that you are putting the people of North Carolina and their health and safety first. Please continue to do so!!!

  6. Eileen Moore

    May 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Governor Cooper needs to open the state right away. He is destroying more lives than the corona virus

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