Republican National Convention attendees to get daily Covid-19 tests but four ‘rebel’ senators staying away anyway
The event in Jacksonville, Florida, beginning on 24 August will see Trump formally crowned as the party’s 2020 election candidate but big doubts linger over whether it is advisable to stage the conference, given how savagely the Sunshine State has been hit by Covid-19.
“We’re going to have temperature checks, we’re going to sanitise,” insists spokesperson Erin Isaac but, for GOP senators Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Lemar Alexander, that’s not enough. They’re staying out of it.
Interestingly, those are the same four who toyed with voting for Trump’s impeachment in the Senate. In the end, only Romney dared.
They join Chuck Grassley, the Iowa senator saying on Monday he would not attend because of Covid given that he is 86 and at risk.
Louise Hall has the latest.