Republican convention set to begin in Cleaveland

RSTV Bureau
Raleigh :  Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump comments about his hair while speaking at a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016.  Photo - PTI

File photo of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump comments about his hair while speaking at a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
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The much-awaited Republican convention is set to begin in Cleveland. The week-long meet will formally coronate the Grand Old Party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump as presidential candidate.

The meeting is being held amidst tight security. Security forces and secret service agents have converged on the city. Not just that, huge make-shift iron walls have also come up several blocks around the Quicken Loans Arena where Republican National Convention is being held until July 21.

The convention aims to let Americans know “Donald Trump the man” rather than Trump the candidate, Trump’s top campaign aide Paul Manafort said.

A “different and new image” of 70-year-old Trump will be narrated through the personal stories of people who have known him and worked with him in the past few decades, Manfort said.

“They’re going to see more of the man. I mean, they’ve seen him on the campaign trail, but they haven’t seen him in the back, in the boardrooms. They haven’t seen him up close and personal. They have a perspective of the man, but this convention is going to focus on the whole part of the personality,” Manafort explained.

“Make America Safe Again” is the theme that the convention will begin with. Main speakers for the theme are are Melania Trump, Lieutenant General (ret) Michael Flynn, Senator Joni Ernst, Jason Beardsley and Congressman Ryan Zinke.

“A Donald Trump administration will listen to and learn from our nation’s heroes who have put themselves in harm’s way and pursue a national security strategy and foreign policy that will strengthen our military and make America safe again,” the Republican Convention said in a statement.

Manfort completely dismissed allegations that the Republican camp was divided over Trump.

“It is a Trump convention. The delegates on the floor are going to be his delegates. More importantly, the message is going to be his,” Manafort said.

Trump will deliver the acceptance speech on Thursday night when the theme will be “Make America One Again.” Other speakers scheduled to speak on that day will be Peter Thiel, Tom Barrack and Ivanka Trump.

(With inputs from agencies)