Speakers laud Trump on day 3 of Republican convention: Live news

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to offer a positive message about the US economy in speech from Fort McHenry.

  • The Republican National Convention’s third night blends live in-person speeches with pre-recorded segments. 
  • Speakers so far have painted a picture of US President Donald Trump as inclusive of women, family, immigrants, and Black Americans at a time of deep political division within the nation.
  • Vice President Mike Pence is expected to take centre stage to make the case that Trump will bring the US economy back to its pre-pandemic heights if given four more years in office.
  • Kellyanne Conway, a White House adviser who announced that she is stepping down at the end of the month, is also scheduled to speak. 


Here are the latest updates:

01:45 GMT – Nun lauds Trump for being anti-abortion

A nun who is also a surgeon and retired US army officer said, “Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had.”

Sister Deirdre “Dede” Byrne of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary focused her remarks on abortion.

She says the president’s “belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics.”

01:30 GMT – ‘Donald Trump’s America’

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump has supported her “both as a new mom and as an American with a preexisting condition.”

McEnany underwent a preventative mastectomy in 2018 after learning she carried a genetic mutation that enhanced her chances for breast cancer.

Despite claiming he has ensured that people with preexisting medical problems will always be covered by health insurance, Trump’s administration has urged the US Supreme Court to overturn President Barack Obama’s health care law, which provides health insurance protections for people with preexisting medical problems.

McEnany, who has a 9-month-old child, said, “I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump’s America.”

01:20 GMT – ‘Too difficult to manage alone’

Karen Pence, who reportedly expressed reservations about her husband’s acceptance of Trump’s running-mate offer, focusing on her work with veterans and military spouses.

“I have had the honour of meeting many heroes across this great country,” she said. “Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life,” she added.

“Sometimes the stress is too difficult to manage alone.”

01:00 GMT – South Dakota governor blasts Democrats

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is echoing many of her fellow Republicans’ dark portrayal of America under Democratic leadership who have spoken at the Republican National Convention this week.

Noem cast cities governed by Democrats as “being overrun by violent mobs,” as many have before her on the two previous nights of the convention.

Noem did not mention her praise of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, a position that won her praise from Trump, as did her lifting of the ban on fireworks at Mount Rushmore where she appeared with Trump for an Independence Day weekend rally in July.

00:40 GMT – Goya CEO removed as speaker

The campaign confirmed that Robert Unanue, the president and CEO of Goya Foods, will not be speaking Wednesday night, citing a “logistical problem.”

Unanue’s praise of President Donald Trump at the White House last month sparked a boycott of his company’s products.

Also unclear is the status of a speech by former professional football player Jack Brewer.

Brewer was charged with insider trading by the US Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this month. The campaign did not say definitively whether he will speak.

00:30 GMT – Trump adviser makes her exit

One of the longest-serving advisers to President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway is delivering a speech about “everyday heroes”. But it’s also something of a farewell address as she steps away, she said, to spend more time with her family.

That’s a favorite cloak in Washington for power brokers forced to step down from their jobs. But in Conway’s case, a family crisis has been playing out on Twitter, with her marriage to Trump critic George Conway the object of much fascination inside the Beltway.

“This is completely my choice and my voice,” Kellyanne Conway said in her announcement on Twitter, adding that for the couple’s four children, “it will be less drama and more mama.”

I’m Leaving the White House. Gratefully & Humbly.

Here is my statement:https://t.co/MpYxVfrY2N

God Bless You All.

22:30 GMT – Mike Pence to take centre stage

Vice President Mike Pence will take centre stage at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday to make the case that Trump will bring the US economy back to its pre-pandemic heights if given four more years in office.

Pence, who will be renominated as Trump’s running mate after on-and-off speculation that he would be dropped from the ticket, is the highest-ranking official to address the four-day convention aside from the president, who has made appearances each day. His speech is expected to highlight the administration’s record, as well as goals for a second term.

22:00 GMT – Last night

First Lady Melania Trump the final speaker on Tuesday night, expressed sympathy for families affected by COVID-19, calling it an “invisible enemy” that had challenged the US but brought its citizens together.

She has “been moved in the way Americans have come together in such an unfamiliar and frightening situation,” and that her husband “will not rest until he has done all he can” to stem the dangers of the coronavirus outbreak.

The first lady spoke from the newly renovated Rose Garden, where her husband was front and centre in the audience gathered to hear her remarks.

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