A day after President Donald Trump demanded assurances from North Carolina’s Democratic governor that the Republican National Convention can go forward in August despite coronavirus fears, the White House on Tuesday doubled down on its position that the huge gathering will, in fact, take place.
Speaking at the White House briefing, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president is monitoring virus transmission data and “sees no reason not to as the nation begins to reopen.”
“The president wants to see the convention take place. He’s noted that he wants to have a cooperative governor in making that pursuit happen,” she said.
Trump complained over the weekend that Gov. Roy Cooper was “unable to guarantee” that full attendance will be allowed in the arena by August. In the meantime, the governors of Florida and Georgia have offered their states as alternatives.
McEnany was also asked a number of heated questions about why President Trump continues to promote an unfounded conspiracy theory suggesting MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough may have murdered a woman who accidentally died in his office two decades ago.
Trump has tried to implicate Scarborough via Twitter in the death even though Scarborough wasn’t in Florida at the time.
Meanwhile, the husband of the woman who died, Lori Klausutis, is demanding Twitter remove President Donald Trump’s tweets suggesting Scarborough murdered her.
Asked why the president continues to promote the theory, McEnany said it is “not an original Trump thought,” adding that Scarborough himself laughed about the theory on Don Imus’ morning radio show in 2003.
In “2003 on Don Imus’ show, it was Don Imus and Joe Scarborough that joked about killing an intern, joked and laughed about it,” McEnany said, adding, “I think the onus is on Joe Scarborough, to explain his interaction.”
Medical officials ruled Lori Klausutis fainted and hit her head.