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Trump says legal for him to use White House for Republican nomination speech

imagePolitics3 hours ago (Aug 05, 2020 06:45PM ET)

(C) Reuters. U.S. President Trump holds a COVID-19 pandemic briefing at the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his suggestion of giving a speech from the White House accepting the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, after lawmakers and ethicists said it was inappropriate and possibly illegal to use a nonpartisan, public site as a venue for a political address.

“Well, it is legal,” Trump said when asked about his speech plans at a press briefing, arguing that the Hatch Act prohibiting leaders from trading on public goods for political gains does not apply to him. “If I use the White House, we save tremendous amounts of money for the government in terms of security, traveling.”

Trump says legal for him to use White House for Republican nomination speech

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