The Republican National Committee has confirmed it will not release a new platform during the 2020 convention this week — and in lieu of one, the party will support President Trump's agenda.
In one of several resolutions issued and viewed by CNN, the RNC said it has "unanimously voted to forego the Convention Committee on Platform, in appreciation of the fact that it did not want a small contingent of delegates formulating a new platform without the breadth of perspectives within the ever-growing Republican movement."
Instead there will be no new platform until the next convention in 2024 and, in the meantime, the RNC "will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda." Despite multiple opportunities, Trump has struggled repeatedly to articulate what a second term of his presidency would look like and what goals he'd like to achieve.
On June 12, Trump tweeted, "The Republican Party has not yet voted on a Platform. No rush. I prefer a new and updated Platform, short form, if possible."
The resolution issued this week said is due to logistics and if the platform committee had been able to meet this year without Covid-19 restrictions, the RNC "would have undoubtedly unanimously agreed to reassert the Party’s strong support for President Donald Trump and his Administration."
Before the convention was dramatically scaled back, Trump's aides, including Jared Kushner and Bill Stepien, had been assembling a platform for 2020, which they were hoping would be slimmed down.
The RNC accused the media of misrepresenting why it is not adopting a new platform this convention and said reporters are engaging in "misleading advocacy for the failed policies of the Obama-Biden Administration."
It ends by saying "any motion to amend the 2016 Platform...will be ruled out of order."