Trump’s renomination vote to be held in private

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The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, said a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

However, a Republican National Committee official contradicted that assessment Sunday, emphasizing that no final decisions have been made and that logistics and press coverage options were still being evaluated. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

While Trump called off the public components of the convention last month in Florida, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, 336 delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24 to formally vote to make Trump the GOP standard-bearer once more.

Nominating conventions are traditionally meant to be media bonanzas as political parties seek to leverage the attention the events draw to spread their message to as many voters as possible. If the GOP decision stands, it would mark the first party nominating convention in modern history to be closed to reporters.

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