Meadows: Criticism of Trump Accepting Nomination at the White House Is ‘From the Normal Suspects’

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is defending President Donald Trump’s decision to deliver his acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention from the White House on Thursday night.

John Roberts, host of Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing,” noted it was not illegal for Trump to deliver his acceptance speech from the White House because the president is not subject to the Hatch Act, but some are still suggesting it was not the “right thing to do.”

Roberts asked Meadows what he has to say to those criticizing Trump for his decision.

“I can tell you that all the criticism that comes out against this president is from the normal suspects,” Meadows said.

He added, “Let’s face it; there was not a single federal dollar that was spent on the convention last night. It was paid for by the political campaign, by the Republican National Committee, and when you look at that, if we’re looking at a backdrop, and to suggest that the backdrop is not appropriate because somehow it indicates a conflict of interest, it’s just not accurate.”

Watch his comments below:

Meadows argued Trump is not the first president to accept the nomination from the White House.

According to Meadows, former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt accepted the nomination from the Oval Office.

He told Roberts critics should be focusing more on Trump’s speech rather than where he delivered it from.

“The vast majority of Americans loved the message that the president brought last night. He spoke from his heart to the heart of the American people. It was really about a message that we need to unite,” Meadows said.

His comments come just days after he backed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s move to deliver his Republican National Convention remarks during an official trip despite concerns he violated the Hatch Act, as IJR previously reported.


  1. The First Lady is not an employee of the Government; therefore, the Hatch Act does not apply to her.
    Trump is not the first to use the setting at the White House.
    Democrat Jimmy Carter announced his bid for re-election from the White House.
    Democrats continue their hypocrisy of “It’s good for me, but not for thee”.

  2. The White House is subject to the Hatch Act, contrary to Mr. Meadows. The purposes of the speeches given by Melania and Donald were explicitly political; there was no tinge of ceremony or Presidential purpose to them. His stunt with the five immigrants taking the oath of naturalization in the White House could, at a major stretch, be considered a legitimate official Presidential action, and thus not be in violation of the Hatch Act.

    Hey, here’s a cute little test for our President. I know he “aced” a screen to see if he’s not a simpleton or senile (I know I was mildly surprised), but here’s one a little more challenging, and appropriate to a President. You know those immigrants whom Azar swore in? The ones who didn’t know Trump would be present, or that they’d be broadcast as part of the convention, until they walked into the room? Well, to show they were deserving of citizenship, they were asked ten questions picked from a list of 100, and they had to get six of them right. Here’s the list of questions:

    I’d like to see him take that, on TV. “This isn’t fair! Where’s the elephant?” I can see him now.

  3. “Is that what we want in the White House?” Rochelle

    No, not what you and I want, but about 25% of the population DO want him in the OO destroying this democracy*. THAT’s the problem.

    * Or, for the dense out there, a constitutional republic, which is ALSO a democracy.

  4. Trump is for Trump. He does NOT care about the middle class, only the rich for his own benefit. If you’ve ever watched him speak, WOW what an idiot!!! He lies, spins tales, calls people names, sticks up for Putin and Kim Jong-un. What kind of a U.S. President is that? Is that what we want in the White House? NO Get him OUT!!!

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