RNC Night 2: Trump uses powers of office to make his case for reelection

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RNC Night 2: Trump uses powers of office to make his case for reelection
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RNC Night 2: Trump uses powers of office to make his case for reelection
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The Republican National Convention continued on Tuesday, with appearances by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as the party tried to push the theme of America as a “land of opportunity.”

First lady Melania Trump closed out the evening with a speech that was perhaps the most open acknowledgment of the human toll taken by the coronavirus pandemic during this convention so far. She offered sympathy for those grieving lost loved ones from COVID-19. She also recognized that there is more work to do to address racial unrest and division in the nation.

Her speech came in the same hour that the convention played the video of Mr. Trump hosting a naturalization ceremony at the White House for new U.S. citizens, despite the fact that his administration has taken a series of actions to severely limit legal immigration to the U.S.

The naturalization ceremony appeared to be in violation of the Hatch Act, a law that prevents doing official duties as part of a political event. In another violation of the same law, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared in the convention program via video from Jerusalem. Just last month, Pompeo warned State Department employees in a cable that they should not engage in “any partisan political activity” tied to a campaign, political party or political group and should refrain from partaking in “partisan political activity” while abroad.

Speakers made several misleading claims on a range of issues: Depicting the state of the economy at the end of the Obama-Biden terms as “stagnation, recession” though it was deep into one of the longest economic expansions on record; and implying that Joe Biden had a prosecutor in Ukraine fired to block the investigation into a company that was paying his son Hunter, though the firing was widely supported by other Western governments and no evidence has emerged to suggest any wrongdoing. Mr. Trump’s son Eric Trump also made misleading statements about Biden supporting “defunding the police.”

Mr. Trump’s daughter, Tiffany Trump, also addressed the convention, defending her father against the media.

You can read the rest of Caroline Linton, Kathryn Watson and Melissa Quinn’s article at CBSnews.com

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