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RNC 2020

Trump reportedly plans to speak during prime time every night of the RNC

The presidential nominee is always the star of the show during party conventions, but it sounds like President Trump will take things to the next level this week during the Republican National Convention.

Normally, The New York Times reports, the nominee shows up briefly at the beginning of a convention and can perhaps be seen waving to the crowd or simply watching other prominent members of the party deliver speeches. Then, on the last night, the nominee will deliver a major acceptance speech, as former Vice President Joe Biden did at the Democratic National Convention last week. Trump will do the latter, of course, closing out the RNC on Thursday evening, but he also plans to directly address the nation the other three nights during prime time, per the Times.

It's not surprising given the president's propensity for the spotlight, but he's taking a more active role during the convention so that he has more time to dispute criticism hurled at him by Democrats last week, his aides told the Times. He's reportedly especially focused on what the opposition said about his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more at The New York Times.