Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said Monday that he will deliver his convention speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination from either the site of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania or the White House in Washington, DC.
“We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations – The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C,” Trump tweeted, adding, “We will announce the decision soon!”
A federal law known as the Hatch Act generally forbids the use of government property and employees for political activities with some exceptions. The President and vice president are exempt, but by using the White House as a backdrop for a nationally televised convention speech, Trump would risk ordering government staffers to violate the Hatch Act, experts say. Some previous officeholders sought to limit political activity in the White House by holding political events elsewhere or in the residential spaces of the presidential mansion.