Trump may be stuck with awkwardly worded GOP platform
President Donald Trump said Friday that he wanted "a new and updated" platform for the Republican Party after the Republican National Committee voted to transfer the document in 2016 this week.
But Trump could stick to the old platform, full of Jeremiads about the "current government," originally written about President Barack Obama.
The problems started with a struggle between Trump and the governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, over the restrictions on the coronavirus in Charlotte, the host city of the Republican National Convention. Cooper, a Democrat, rejected Trump's call to hold the convention without social distancing measures, so the Republicans decided to move the speech to accept the renomination to Jacksonville, Florida.
The RNC rules stipulated that only a roll call vote to appoint the President or Vice President was permitted because the party's business could not be conducted on the original convention site or city.
In such a situation, according to a senior Trump campaign official who was not authorized to comment, the old platform carried over and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
This means that the 2016 platform, which contains a lot of cuts for another president, may have to stop. She criticizes the administration for addressing a wide range of issues, including Middle East policy, dependency on implementing regulations, and rising public debt.
Regarding government debt, the platform complains that “the current government's refusal to work with Republicans has increased our government debt from $ 10 trillion to nearly $ 19 trillion today.
"Without control, it will reach $ 30 trillion by 2026," wrote the Republicans in 2016.
In fact, government debt has exceeded $ 26 trillion this week and is well on the way to surpassing the $ 30 trillion mark well before 2026.
Elsewhere, the platform notes that "America's current government has left friends and rewarded its enemies."
Trump has been criticized by the Democrats for his close ties to strong men like Russian Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. When Trump spoke of Kim, he famously said: "We fell in love."
Trump suggested on Friday that he wanted to formulate the party's principles in a shorter form.
“The Republican Party has not yet voted on a platform. No hurry, “Trump tweeted on Friday. "I prefer a new and updated platform, if possible in short form."
Trump could still offer his own guiding principles for the party, separate from the platform. The Trump campaign declined to comment on whether the president would issue a separate document.
"There is nothing in the world that prevents President Trump from leaving his mark in the direction of the party," said Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Trump campaign.
RNC leader Ronna McDaniel blamed Cooper for the uncomfortable situation and underlined that the Republicans are fully behind Trump.
"NC's Gov refused to let our entire platform committee meet," McDaniel tweeted. “The platform 2016 clearly speaks of Obama. Our party @realDonaldTrump fully supports him from the record participation to his 73-0 record. "
However, some conservatives applauded the RNC for the further development of the platform in 2016.
Colleen Holcomb, president of the conservative Eagle Forum organization, said she sent a letter to White House and RNC officials earlier this week, raising concerns about the news that the party was considering a platform that would simplify, one-sided document would be equivalent to detailing the party's core values.
"The 2016 platform reflects the values and priorities of the grassroots, the forgotten men and women President Trump has committed to represent, and he clearly used them as a guide," said Holcomb.
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