Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is offering Georgia as a possible replacement site for the Republican National Convention after President Donald Trump demanded answers from the convention’s current host state about venue capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Kemp, who dined in Norcross last week with Vice President Mike Pence, made his offer over Twitter, and said the state would be “honored” to host the convention.
Trump shocked pundits on Memorial Day when he publicly threatened to move the convention out of North Carolina in a string of tweets sent early Monday morning. In the tweet, Trump blamed Gov. Roy Cooper for being in “Shutdown mood and unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena.”
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, Georgia has 43,730 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has and 1,871 deaths. North Carolina has had 22,725 confirmed cases and 737 deaths.
Under Georgia’s current social distancing guidelines events and gatherings of more than 50 people are still prohibited.