Trump: Nomination Acceptance Speech Will Be in Gettysburg or DC

August 10, 2020 Updated: August 10, 2020

President Donald Trump will give a speech accepting the Republican 2020 nomination in either Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, or the District of Columbia.

Trump announced Monday that GOP officials have narrowed the number of possible locations to two—the battlefield in Gettysburg, or the White House in Washington.

“We will announce the decision soon!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The Battle of Gettysburg is known as a crucial turning point in the Civil War. The Union won the battle, ending Confederate Gen. Robert E Lee’s second invasion of the north.

The president first revealed last week that the speech could be broadcast from the White House, citing the cost of movement of personnel.

“We’re thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement and it’s easy,” he said. “I think it’s a beautiful setting and we are thinking about that. It’s certainly one of the alternatives.”

The original plan was to hold all Republican National Convention activities in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the plan was scuttled by harsh restrictions imposed by state officials because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A revised plan for Trump to give his acceptance speech in Jacksonville, Florida, was called off because of the rise of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden planned to travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to accept that nomination, but also announced last week that he wouldn’t go.

Instead, Biden plans to accept the nomination somewhere in his home state of Delaware.

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