Air Force One arrives in Charlotte on first day of RNC

President Donald Trump arrives to speak to supporters at Mankato Regional Airport, Monday, Aug....
President Donald Trump arrives to speak to supporters at Mankato Regional Airport, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Mankato, Minn.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Updated: Aug. 24, 2020 at 11:50 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are visiting Charlotte on the first day of the Republican National Convention.

A White House official confirmed the visit ahead of the president’s Monday rrival, which was just before noon and a short time after Pence arrived.


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After arriving in Charlotte, President Trump will be visiting the Asheville-area with daughter Ivanka Trump and United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for the Farmers to Families program.

Pence touched down aboard Air Force Two just after 11 a.m. It is still unknown if they are planning to stop by the Convention Center in uptown Charlotte to surprise delegates at a paired-down RNC.

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According to administration officials, this will be President Trump’s first visit to a Farmers to Families Food Box farm. He will tour Flavor 1st Growers and Packers in Mills River with Ivanka and Sec. Purdue.

President Trump will be giving remarks there Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Designed to put American farmers back to work across the country and stabilize the food chain, the Farms to Families Food Box Program launched on May 15. To date, the program has sent out 70 million food boxes and helped thousands of families.

The administration does not have any further information on the president’s day beyond this visit.

Carolina Hurley, Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of Communications for Economic Initiatives, first tweeted the news Friday.

The presidential nomination will be livestreamed during the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte.

Monday’s convention proceedings will be attended by six delegates from each state and territory, amounting to 336 delegates total.

The COA has worked to select a limited group of reporters to cover Monday’s formal nomination. However, given the in-person capacity limitations by the state of North Carolina due to COVID-19, the group will be small as to meet capacity and social-distancing restrictions in place.

Officials released information outlining the road closures, restricted parking zones, local travel access/checkpoints; and changes to public transportation in Charlotte during the RNC.

Officials say all security and transportation plans have been developed in partnership with local and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies.

The event began at 9 a.m.

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