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Trump update live: Latest 2020 US election news as president’s renomination vote to be held in private

The vote to renominate Donald Trump for US president will be held privately without members of the press later this month, for the first time in modern history.

A spokesperson for the Republican National Convention (RNC) said the decision was due to “health restrictions and limitations in place within the state of North Carolina”, where 336 delegates were scheduled to gather in Charlotte on 24 August to formally vote to make Mr Trump the party’s standard-bearer once again.

Such nominating conventions are traditionally designed to be in the media’s spotlight so political parties can draw attention to the events and spread their messages.

The news comes as Tropical Storm Isaias, which was downgraded from a hurricane, is set to brush the east coast of Florida as it heads northwest with top sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Centre has said the storm will move near or along the state’s east coast on Sunday. Florida’s central and northern east coast could be hit by a storm surge of as much as four feet (1.22m) as the storm pushes tidal levels above normal.

In his remarks last week, Mr Trump advised Floridians who may reside in the strorm’s path to follow their state guidance, and “local and tribal officials”.

“My administration will be here for you every single step of the way,” he added. “We’ve done everything we can do, and now we’re just waiting for the storm. And I guess it’s right behind me. It’s following me.”

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