Official White House Photo by Andrea HanksBy LIBBY CATHEY, ABC News
(WASHINGTON) — A partially virtual Republican National Convention continues Tuesday under the theme “Land of Opportunity” where President Donald Trump will make another appearance, promising to each night, as speakers are expected to tout his first-term contributions and paint a dark picture of America under the Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
First lady Melania Trump, who takes a softer approach to politics than her husband, will headline Tuesday’s program with remarks from the historic and freshly-renovated White House Rose Garden — four years after her first big GOP speech was criticized for striking similarities to Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention address.
While he is in Jerusalem on an official trip, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also slated to speak — making him the first sitting secretary of state to deliver a speech to a party’s political convention in modern times — despite backlash from critics who say that he’s blurring the lines between personal politics and public service.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Trump’s son Eric and daughter Tiffany, and Nick Sandmann, a former student of Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky who sued media organizations he said misrepresented a well-publicized encounter with a Native American man last year in Washington, are also on the lineup.
The second night of primetime programming comes as a growing number of Republicans, including former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and a handful of former Trump administration officials, have endorsed Biden for president.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were formally nominated to the Republican ticket by separate — and unanimous — roll call votes in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday.
Those scheduled to speak on the Tuesday night include:
First lady Melania Trump
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Abby Johnson, anti-abortion activist
Jason Joyce, Maine lobsterman
Myron Lizer, vice president of the Navajo Nation
Mary Ann Mendoza, an “Angel Mom” whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant
Nicholas Sandmann, a student from a Covington, Kentucky, high school who sued news outlets for their coverage of a confrontation between him and a Native American man at the Lincoln Memorial
Eric Trump, the president’s son
Tiffany Trump, the president’s daughter
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