“We’re thinking about it. It would be the easiest from the standpoint of security,” Trump told Fox News.

The August 27 speech, the biggest formal moment in the candidate’s campaign for a second term in office, was originally planned for a mass gathering of Republican Party faithful in Charlotte, North Carolina.

That had to be scrapped due to the coronavirus lockdown, as did a bid to restage the event at a new location in Florida.


File photo: US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 14, 2020, in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN / AF


Incumbent presidents are required to separate their campaigning from taxpayer-funded governing, so it would be at minimum a break with decorum to use the iconic White House as the stage for the acceptance speech.

Trump said on Fox News that logistics and costs were his primary concern.

“It’s a very big operation,” he said. “We’re thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement. It’s easy. And I think it’s a beautiful setting.”

It’s “by far the least expensive from the country standpoint,” he said.

Trump however added that “if for some reason if someone had difficulty with it, I could go somewhere else.”

Republican delegates will meet in a scaled-back session in Charlotte to nominate Trump on August 24.