Is Trump coming to Gettysburg? ‘ as a lot as we do,’ Park Service official says

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If President Donald Trump really is planning to deliver his nomination acceptance speech at Gettysburg National Military Park, that’s news to National Park Service folks who run the place.

Trump raised that possibility in a tweet he sent Monday. His address accepting the GOP nomination for a second term is scheduled for Aug. 27.

Yet as of Wednesday morning Park Service officials had received no notification from the Trump campaign of any such plan, park spokesman Jason Martz said.

“You know as much as we do,” Martz told a PennLive reporter. “When that tweet came out that was our first and only notification.”

Hosting a U.S. president is not a slap-dash affair, something that can be pulled together on short notice. The security arrangements that must be made by the Secret Service alone take a lot of preplanning.

And the nomination deadline is just 15 days away.

The tweet alone spurred a response from Gov. Tom Wolf. Right after it surfaced, the governor warned that a Trump appearance would likely violate the state’s COVID-19 restrictions by drawing a crowd of more than 250 people.

Gettysburg isn’t the only locale mentioned in Trump’s tweet. The president also said the White House might be the stage for his nomination speech.

“We will announce the decision soon!” he wrote.


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