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RNC restricts convention attendance as Florida coronavirus cases climb

Top party officials met with Trump on Monday evening to hash out plans for the Jacksonville event. While Democrats have decided to hold their convention virtually, the president has been insistent on holding his convention in person despite worries about the pandemic.

The president’s team is also beginning to map out exactly what the convention will look like. Tony Sayegh, a former Treasury Department official who also helped to steer the White House impeachment defense, is being brought on to help with convention programming. Sayegh will serve in a volunteer capacity.

Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, will also assume a broader role shaping the convention. Two prominent West Wing aides, Stephen Miller and Hope Hicks, will also be playing a role.

While convention planning typically takes place over the span of two years, Republicans have just two months to organize the event in Florida and raise tens of millions of dollars. Jeff Miller, a top Republican fundraiser, has been tapped to help raise money for the event.

Party officials say they remain flexible in determining how to proceed. In the letter, McDaniel writes that evening programming will take place each night using a mix of “indoor and outdoor venues.”

Republicans expect the president to deliver his acceptance speech outdoors, but those plans have not been finalized, party officials say.

McDaniel’s letter also says that the party plans to “implement a variety of health protocols,” including temperature checks, coronavirus testing and sanitization.

“I want to reiterate that the RNC is working around the clock to ensure the convention celebration in Jacksonville is still an exciting, premier event,” McDaniel wrote.

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