“I’m going to be in North Carolina. It’s a big deal because we have a lot of delegates there and it’s going to be a nomination process,” Trump told CNN’s WRAL affiliate. “And that’s essentially where the nomination is, where it’s formalized. And I’m really honored to do it in North Carolina.”
The president said he would reveal more specifics about his speech – including location – likely by the end of this week or early next week.
The announcement comes days after Trump announced plans to hold conventional activities in Jacksonville, Florida, was scrapped. The convention was moved to Sunshine from Charlotte, North Carolina, after Gov. Roy Cooper expressed concerns about holding public gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I looked at my team and said the timing was not right. It̵
7;s just not right,” Trump told the White House on Thursday. “Having a big convention is not the time.”
“There is nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe,” Trump said.
Background events will still take place in Charlotte, Trump added. He said Republicans would plan something “exciting”, but it would be “nothing like having 25,000 people”.
Plans to eliminate the events in Florida came as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus erupted in the state.