In President Donald Trump's speech to the Republican National Convention, 1,500 guests on the South Lawn of the White House will be tested for COVID with no social distancing, no mask mandate, and few of them before the week's grand finale.
Row after row of white folding chairs stood on the lawn, a bottle of water with a red elephant logo on the seats. The chairs are only a few inches apart. Most of the guests did not wear masks.
The president came out to check the stage ahead of his acceptance speech for the Republican president nomination – the end of a week-long convention dedicated to the Trump presidency.
He was seen doing a microphone test when the guests arrived. He bent down to speak to a few people in the crowd.
Ivanka Trump arrives to deliver her speech on the final night of the Republican National Convention introducing President Trump
President Donald Trump checks the stage and takes a microphone test before giving his acceptance speech for the Republican president nomination on Thursday
Row after row of white folding chairs were set up on the South Lawn, with no social distance
Very few guests in the crowd of 1,500 wore face masks
President Trump's speech marks the grand finale of the convention
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani poses with a fan on the South Lawn
Barron Trump, followed by Charlotte Pence Bond, arrive for the President's speech
Trump Campaign Advisor Lara Trump, White House Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Tiffany Trup arrive for the President's speech
Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, parents of Melania Trump, come to the President's speech
Most Republican Congressmen have been invited to attend – although it is unclear how many will be in attendance. First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the president's adult children are also expected along with many senior Republican officials.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said a "number" of people at the invitation-only event will be tested, which is "fairly certain" in the "circumstances".
WHO WAS IN THE SOUTHERN RIGHT TO SEE DONALD TRUMPS RNC LANGUAGE?
Melania Trump, first lady
Mike Pence, vice president
Karen Pence, second lady
Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president and senior adviser
Lindsey Graham, Senator from South Carolina
Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor and Trump's attorney
Rand Paul, Senator from Kentucky
Kristi Noem, Governor of South Dakota
Jim Jordan, Ohio Representative
Ronny Jackson, Former White House Doctor and Texas Congressional Candidate
Alex Azar, Secretary for Health and Human Services
Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence
Reince Priebus, former Trump White House Chief of Staff
Sean Spicer, Trump's first press secretary
Bernard Kerik, former NYPD commissioner whom Trump pardoned
Michael Lindell, CEO of MyPillow
Daryl Strawberry, retired MLB player
Ralph Reed, former director of the Christian Coalition
Mary Ann Mendoza, & # 39; Angel Mom & # 39; who was pulled from the RNC spokesperson schedule for anti-Semitic tweet
Corey Lewandowski, one-time campaign manager for Trump 2016
Pat Cipollone, White House attorney
Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the President and wife of leading anti-Trump Republican George Conway
Brandon Judd, President of the National Border Patrol Council
Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor, and his girlfriend Dr. Maria Ryan
Frank Luntz, Republican pollster
Hope Hicks, Senior Advisor to the President
Viktor and Amilja Knavs, Melania Trump's parents
Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican National Committee
Ryan Zinke, former home secretary, resigned amid ethical investigations
& # 39; There are a number of people being tested. A number of people who are encouraged to wear masks. So I think it's a pretty safe environment under the circumstances, ”he told reporters at the White House on Thursday evening.
When asked if this means that some, but not all, participants will be tested, Meadows replied, “I didn't say that. … I have chosen my words carefully. & # 39;
Washington D.C. limits gatherings to 50 people, but since the White House is owned by the federal government it is not subject to these restrictions.
About five empty rows of chairs in the back were removed as congressional programming was getting ready for launch.
The evening started with two messages – speakers praising President Trump's intelligence and empathy and those who attacked Democrats for caring about people's personal freedoms.
And the evening ended with the first White House daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, making remarks from the South Lawn of the White House before introducing her father as "People's President" at the end of the night.
“I realize that my father's communication style is not to everyone's taste. And I know his tweets can feel a little unfiltered, ”she said with a pause. "But the results speak for themselves."
She spoke of the admiration she saw from working Americans for her father "to see those stoic machinists and steel workers come up to him with tears in their eyes and to thank him for being the only person willing to for her to go on the mat. "
Ivanka called this a "new and profound experience for him and for me," even though the president "admired and befriended construction workers on countless construction sites," a reference to her father's real estate tycoon past.
When Ivanka moved to Washington DC in 2017, she found that politicians would "silence their beliefs and skip the tough battles" in order to survive.
"I couldn't believe that so many politicians actually prefer to complain about a problem rather than fix it," she said. "I was shocked to see that people are leaving big challenges unsolved so that they can blame the other side and promote the same issue in the next election."
The opening video of the last night of Congress with a voice from actor Jon Voight railed against the Democrats for telling you what to wear.
The night's opening video, with a voice from actor Jon Voight, railed against Democrats for telling you what to wear.
But yes, Ron Smith, the senior African American on White House staff, provided a different than usual portrait of people who follow the president on Twitter or watch his television interviews. Here he can appear angry.
Smith spoke of the compassion he saw from President Trump following the deaths of Black Americans Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and LeGend Taliferro.
I saw his true conscience. I just wish every American could see the deep empathy they showed to families whose loved ones were killed by senseless violence, ”he said.
It was a different point of view than what most Americans saw – President Trump defended the use of the Confederate flag and blew up Black Lives Matters protesters for tearing down statutes with ties to the Confederation.
Dan Scavino, the White House Assistant Chief of Staff and the only person with President Trump's Twitter password, spoke about how Trump saw the potential in him when he was his golf caddy.
& # 39; He saw potential in me. A spark. The possibility that I could be more, do more and achieve more than I thought possible, ”said Scavino in his recorded remarks.
“We all just need someone who believes in our ability to do great things. Donald Trump believed in me when I was a teenage golf caddy, and he was already one of the richest and most famous people on the planet. He saw my potential even when I couldn't, ”he added.
“He sees greatness in our country too. And in each of you. He believes that the world you dream of at night can be yours, ”he added.
Most of the night's speeches focused on President Trump and his bid for a second term.
Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Ben Carson, the only black member of the President's Cabinet, began his speech by mentioning Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old black father of four, who was shot seven times by police in front of his children has been.
"Before I begin, I would like to say that our hearts go out to the Blake family and the other families affected by the tragic events in Kenosha," he said.
Protests have sparked in the city and there has been violence following Blake's shooting, which he survived but is in critical condition.
President Trump has touted himself as the president of law and order, threatening to send federal officials to Kenosha and other cities with Black Lives Matters demonstrations.
Meanwhile, protests are taking place outside the White House ahead of the president's speech.
According to reports from the South Lawn, there were hearing noises, music playing and noises making.
The demonstrations took place in Black Lives Matter Plaza, just a few blocks from the White House.
Another major protest is slated for Friday outside the White House to respond to the majority of the Republican National Convention that is taking place in town this week.
The Secretary for Housing and Urban Affairs, Ben Carson, the only black member of the President's Cabinet, began his address by mentioning Jacob Blake
Protesters march outside the White House during a rally to protest President Donald Trump's acceptance of the Republican National Convention nomination
Hundreds of protesters followed Black Lives Plaza, which is just blocks from the White House
Protesters were in Washington DC on the Thursday evening before President Trump's speech and are planning another demonstration for Friday evening
Police officers watch protesters outside the White House on Thursday evening
Other speakers encouraged voters – including Democrats – to back President Trump this fall.
New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat who became a Republican during impeachment, praised President Trump for welcoming him to the GOP.
"I met with President Trump and he made me feel more welcome in the Oval Office than Nancy Pelosi ever felt me in her caucus … and a few days later I officially switched parties and am Republican become, "he said.
"Republicans, Independents and even Democrats all know that in President Trump's America we have a strong military, strong support for our police force, and strong support for our veterans and seniors," he added.
And Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the senior Republican on Capitol Hill, complained that the Democrats wanted to tell people how many hamburgers they can eat.
“They want to tell you what kind of car you can drive. Which sources of information are credible? And even how many hamburgers you can eat, ”he said in his recorded remarks from his home state of Kentucky.
Many in the White House audience did not wear masks, but some wore Make America Great Again caps
President Trump leans over the stage to speak to supporters before his speech
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul comes to the White House for the President's speech
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham comes to the White House to address
1,500 guests were invited, including Trump family members, elected officials, supporters, first responders and friends
Michael Lindell (R), CEO of MyPillow, poses for a picture on the South Lawn
Hope Hicks, who is advising President Trump, comes to his speech
The President's supporters go to the White House for his speech
Christopher Macchio sings from a balcony in the White House as guests arrive for the President's speech
Yes & # 39; Ron Smith, the senior African American on White House staff, spoke of President Trump's sympathy in his remarks
White House deputy chief of staff for communications Dan Scavino spoke about how President Trump looked back on his potential when he was his golf caddy
Trump will use his nomination speech for the nomination of the Republican Convention on Thursday evening to rail against Joe Biden as "extreme" and to create a clear separation between the vision of the two parties for the next four years.
"At no time before have voters had a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies or two agendas," Trump is expected to say in excerpts from Politico's speech, which was published on Thursday morning.
"We have spent the last four years undoing the damage Joe Biden has done over the past 47 years," he will say. “You hardly heard a word about your agenda at the Democratic Congress. But that's not because they don't have one. That's because their agendas are the most extreme proposals ever made by a major party candidate. & # 39;
Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign's communications director, told reporters during a press conference Thursday that the president would use his time to focus on Biden's failure because he said the media would not.
"The media has generally ignored and glossed over many of the criticisms of Joe Biden's record and what his plans are for the future, should he be elected," Murtaugh said.
He added that Trump's speech will be "tough" because Americans "have tough decisions to make … and if the president doesn't, the media will be tempted not to cover them."
The location for the statements has been relocated several times with constantly changing blocking rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Law and order will be the focus of the president's speech, which was revised Wednesday night, but aides have signaled to the Associated Press that the content will not be as obscure as some of his other earlier remarks – mainly his "American slaughter". Opening speech.
On Thursday night, Trump is expected to offer himself as the final line of defense against the radical left threatening the American path, as his most recent dull speech has focused on anarchists who have overrun the city streets.
The president's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner said Trump will deliver a message of hope for the next four years, suggesting solutions to problems Americans are currently facing.
"Last week you heard there was a lot of complaints and rhetoric, a lot of people complaining about a lot of things in America without offering many solutions," Kushner said during an interview with Squawk Box on CNBC Thursday morning.
"What you will hear from President Trump tonight is a very hopeful vision for America," he said.
"He will obviously explain that this is a serious choice with grave consequences and he will explain the consequences of a change at that point," said Ivanaka Trump's husband.
In recent days, the president has framed the violent unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the shooting of Jacob Blake as a result of incompetent leadership in Democrat-led areas and the inability of those individuals to control their cities.
By the way, the Mayor of Kenosha, John Antaramian, is a Democrat.
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the senior Republican on Capitol Hill, complained that Democrats wanted to tell people how many hamburgers to eat
President Donald Trump is expected to rail against Joe Biden in his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination on Thursday's last night of the convention
Trump & # 39; s will be speaking on the White House lawn on Thursday evening to conclude the 2020 Republican National Convention in front of a crowd of 1,500
The president is expected to continue to stand out as president of law and order and the final defense against the radical left that threatens the American path as riots continue to devastate Wisconsin following Jacob Blake's shots
The looting, arson, murder, violence and general unrest sparked in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of three, was shot seven times by a white police officer. While he is currently paralyzed from the waist down, it is not clear if the paralysis is permanent
As protests and riots from Black Lives Matter ravaged the nation after George Floyd's death in late May and has prevailed ever since, Trump has continued to portray himself as President for Law and Order.
Trump announced on Wednesday that he would send the National Guard to Kenosha and criticized Wisconsin's Democratic governor Tony Evers for failing to do so – despite deploying guards on Monday.
Some Democrats fear that the social unrest, looting, riot and clashes in the battlefield state and beyond support Trump's argument that this is what life would be like among the so-called radical left.
The Democratic Party is particularly concerned that the more violence voters experience in the suburbs, the less sympathy they have with the peaceful demonstrators.
Originally, Trump was supposed to deliver his speech at the original location of the Republican Convention in Charlotte, North Caroline. But after Democratic Governor Roy Cooper told organizers they couldn't give Trump the amount they wanted to speak, the president moved them to Jacksonville, Florida, where lockdown orders were less restrictive at the time.
After Florida was re-locked due to surges, Trump had to crawl again to choose a new location for the speech.
His decision to join the White House has been criticized by critics claiming it violates the Hatch Act.
Trump has defended the move, claiming it is the cheapest and most convenient alternative. The Hatch Act doesn't apply to the president – and his administration insists it's okay because it's his place of residence.
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