Washington: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed President Trump for suggesting that he would deliver his convention acceptance speech from the White House. “It won’t happen, whether it’s legally wrong or ethically out of the question, it shouldn’t have been something that was expressed.”
Earlier on Wednesday, during an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump confirmed that his re-election campaign was exploring several options for the site of his RNC nomination acceptance speech later this month, including the South Lawn.
“We’re thinking about it,” Trump said. “It would be the easiest from the standpoint of security.”
The possibility that Trump may deliver one of his most high-profile speeches at the White House has raised questions over whether it’s a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal government employees from participating in partisan political activity — although the president and vice president are exempt.
“Is that even legal? I think anything you do on federal property would seem to be problematic,” Republican Senator John Thune told reporters this week.
At the end of July, Trump abruptly canceled RNC events that were scheduled to take place in Jacksonville, Fla. amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the state. His decision to do so came just weeks after he moved the event from North Carolina after a health safety-related dispute with the state’s Democratic governor.