Aug 10, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump says he'll accept nomination at White House or Gettysburg

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Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted Monday that he'll deliver his speech accepting the Republican nomination for president at either the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania or at the White House.

The state of play: Republican National Convention planners are looking for a new venue for the president to deliver his acceptance speech after convention events were canceled in Jacksonville, Fla., due to coronavirus concerns.

The big picture: A number of Republicans — not to mention Democrats — have questioned both the optics and the legality of Trump delivering his acceptance speech from the White House, given that past presidents have usually drawn a firm line between the White House and their campaigns.

  • Trump has long compared himself to Abraham Lincoln, telling Axios' Jonathan Swan that he "did more for the Black community than anybody with the possible exception of" the Civil War-era president.
  • The president would likely love the optics of delivering a speech at the site of the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous presidential speeches in history.
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