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White House RNC Events Spark Outcry: ‘This Is About the Abuse of Federal Power’

  • Republican convention relies on federal property, employees
  • Meadows says Americans don’t care about legal prohibitions
Donald Trump arrives to the Rose Garden of the White House during the RNC on Aug. 25.
Donald Trump arrives to the Rose Garden of the White House during the RNC on Aug. 25.Photographer: Michael Reynolds/EPA/Bloomberg
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President Donald Trump has freely blended his campaign with the federal government during this week’s Republican convention, staging a series of events pushing the limits of laws prohibiting government employees from engaging in politics.

On Tuesday, Trump held a naturalization ceremony for new citizens, recorded at the White House and aired hours later as part of the Republican convention programming. Vice President Mike Pence will deliver his keynote address Wednesday from another piece of federal property, Fort McHenry in Baltimore, before the party’s festivities return to the White House on Thursday for Trump’s address.