Ronna McDaniel Confirms RNC Convention Still ‘Full Steam Ahead’ Despite Coronavirus

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is confirming that the party’s convention will go on as planned despite the accelerated spread of the coronavirus.

McDaniel appeared on Fox Business Friday morning where she discussed the president’s statement about the status of the convention.

On Thursday night, Trump make known that there are no plans to postpone or reschedule the convention. McDaniel reiterated the confirmation.

“Absolutely, the convention is full steam ahead. We were on the ground in Charlotte. We are ready to go, and we look forward to renominating our president and having a full seated convention in August,” she said.

See McDaniel’s brief statement below:

During the Fox Business interview, McDaniel also shared details about President Donald Trump’s current approval rating which appears favorable despite the coronavirus.

“Well, the numbers are favoring the president’s leadership because he is out in front of the American people every day,” McDaniel said.

“They’re seeing this is somebody that gets it done. He has involved the private sector. He’s facing this head-on. He’s communicating to the American people.”

McDaniel went on to explain how she believes Biden is “fumbling” in his presumed “counterprogramming” effort to discredit Trump.

“Then he’s got the counterprogramming of Joe Biden trying to give briefings and really fumbling,” she added. “I think it’s shameful that he’s trying to counterprogram against the president during this time of crisis.”

McDaniel’s interview follows reports about Trump’s desire to reopen the country by Easter — April 12.

Trump shared a tweet early Tuesday revealing his eagerness to get Americans back to work as soon as possible.

“Our people want to return to work. They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively [and] lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM! Congress MUST ACT NOW. We will come back strong!”

Later that day during a Fox News interview, Trump shed light on the timeline he had in mind for reopening the country.

“I would love to have that, it’s such an important day for other reasons but I’ll make it an important day for this too. I would love to have the country opened up and just rearing to go by Easter,” he said.

However, the accelerated rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S. has created a level of uncertainty regarding when the economy will restart. Festivals, concerts, events, and other gatherings have been canceled nationwide. Many events have been postponed for later this year.

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to take place Aug. 24 through Aug. 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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