- The Republican National Convention’s second night will blend live in-person speeches with pre-recorded segments.
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to speak from Jerusalem about how Trump’s “America First” foreign policy has made the world safer, with a focus on Trump’s support for Israel.
- First Lady Melania Trump, whose convention speech four years ago borrowed from Michelle Obama, is speaking from a newly-renovated White House Rose Garden.
- Tiffany Trump and Eric Trump, two of the president’s children are also expected to make appearances.
- White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow will deliver remarks about how Trump purportedly created the greatest boom in US history through tax cuts and deregulation – at least until the coronavirus pandemic hit.
There are the latest updates:
01:20 GMT – Anti-abortion activist takes the podium
Abby Johnson previously worked for Planned Parenthood, but became a vocal abortion opponent after wtinessing an abortion of a woman who was 13 weeks pregnant.
“For me, abortion’s real. I know what it sounds like; what it smells like. I’ve been the perpetrator…to these babies…to these women,” she said.
“I support President Trump because he’s done more for the unborn than any other President.”
She founded a ministry that lobbies abortion clinics employees to leave their jobs, and a movie based around her life story was released last year.
01:15 GMT – ‘A strong American cannot fight endless wars’
Senator Rand Paul said Trump opposed “endless wars” waged by the US, saying that the president had made good on his promise to end wars, particularly in the Middle East.
“I’m supporting President Trump because he believes as I do that a strong America cannot fight endless wars,” Paul said.
“We must not continue to leave our blood and treasure in Middle East quagmires.”
He then went on to say that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who had supported the Iraq War and other recent US interventions, was “likely to start war again.”
01:00 GMT – Lobsterman credits Trump for giving ‘voice’ to fishing farmers
A lobsterman, Jason Joyce, said he had not voted for Trump in 2016, in part because he was unsure whether the Republican candidate was conservative enough.
“I have to confess: I didn’t support Trump in 2016. Skeptical that he shared my conservative views, I expected him to flip flop on his campaign promises. But he has followed through on his promises.”
“As long as Trump is president, fishing families like mine will have a voice.”
Beautiful Maine Lobsters will now move tariff-free to Europe! For first time in many years. GREAT new deal by USTR levels playing field with Canada. Millions of $’s more in EXPORTS…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2020
00:55 GMT – Vice president of Navajo Nation praises Trump
Myron Lizer, vice president of the Navajo Nation, said President Trump had “made it a priority to repair the relationship” between the Navajo and the federal government.
“Our people have never been invited into the American dream,” Lizer said. “We’ve for years fought congressional battles with past congressmen and senators that were part of a broken system that ignored us. That is, until President Trump took office.”
00:50 GMT – Trump pardons bank robber
Trump signed a document that fully pardons Jon Ponder, a Black man who was convicted of bank robbery. Trump called it a “beautiful testament to the power of redemption.” Ponder now leads a program in Las Vegas that helps former prisoners reenter society, called Hope for Prisoners.
00:45 GMT – Speaker pulled after anti-semitic remarks
A speaker who had been scheduled to address the second night of the Republican National Convention has been pulled from the lineup after she directed her Twitter followers to a series of anti-Semitic, conspiratorial messages.
Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh says, “We have removed the scheduled video from the convention lineup and it will no longer run this week.”
Mary Ann Mendoza had been scheduled to highlight the president’s fight against undocumented migration. Mendoza’s son was killed in 2014 in a head-on collision by a man who was undocumented and was driving while under the influence.
00:40 GMT – Anti-abortion activist to speak
An anti-abortion activist scheduled to speak during the Republican National Convention previously advocated for something called “household voting,” saying wives should defer to their husbands on making decisions related to politics.
In May, Abby Johnson wrote on Twitter that she “would support bringing back household voting,” later explaining that, if spouses were to disagree, “Then they would have to decide on one vote. In a Godly household, the husband would get the final say.”
Pro-aborts are SO scared of my speech tonight that will pull back the curtain of the barbaric reality of abortion, they are scrambling to try to find anything to detract people from my message. Well, guess what?? You can dredge up whatever old tweets you want. I’m still speaking.
— Abby Johnson (@AbbyJohnson) August 25, 2020
00:30 GMT – Second night kicks off
The people closest to President Donald Trump – his family – are starring on the second night of the Republican National Convention.
First lady Melania Trump is delivering Tuesday evening’s keynote address at the White House, while the president’s daughter Tiffany and son Eric will be featured, too.
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 25, 2020
00:10 GMT – Trump to highlight bank robber’s pardon at RNC
President Donald Trump is highlighting the pardon of a Nevada man convicted of bank robbery as part of the second day of programming at the Republican National Convention.
In a video expected to air Tuesday night, Trump says that the story of Jon Ponder is a “beautiful testament to the power of redemption.” Ponder now leads a program in Las Vegas that helps former prisoners reenter society, called Hope for Prisoners.
22:15 GMT – Ratings fall short
Television viewership on the first night of the Republican National Convention fell short of the Democrats’ first night last week, according to Nielsen ratings.
About 15.8 million people watched the Republicans live on Monday night between 10 and 11pm (02:00-03:00GMT), down from roughly 19 million who tuned in for last Monday’s speeches by Senator Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama. Almost half of that audience watched on Fox News, which brought in 7.1 million viewers – by far the biggest audience of the night.
22:00 GMT – Democratic legislators to probe Pompeo speech
The chairman of a Democratic-led US House of Representatives subcommittee announced an investigation into whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s appearance at the Republican National Convention breaks federal law and regulations.
“The Trump administration and Secretary Pompeo have shown a gross disregard not only of basic ethics, but also a blatant willingness to violate federal law for political gain,” Joaquin Castro, head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s oversight subcommittee, said in a statement.
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) August 25, 2020
Pompeo, who is travelling overseas, was to speak to the convention on Tuesday evening in a video recorded during a stop in Jerusalem, an appearance that has ignited an outcry by some former senior diplomats because it appears to break long-standing rules that bar senior political appointees from partisan political activities, including attending party conventions.
Catch updates from Monday night’s convention here.