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Trump, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Set To Visit North Carolina As RNC Kicks Off

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Washington.
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President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Mills River, North Carolina on Monday.

The president is slated to visit a Farmers to Families Food Box program site. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is also scheduled to join the president, as well as Trump's daughter Ivanka.

The program aims to help farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $3 billion program is funded by the federal CARES Act.

The visit is taking place on the first day of the scaled-down Republican National Convention in Charlotte. GOP officials are expected to vote to formally nominate Trump in a small in-person session Monday, that begins a weeklong effort to convince the American people that he deserves a second term.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, delegates will hold an in-person roll-call vote at the Charlotte Convention Center. It’s a sharp contrast to the approach of Democrats, who created a video montage from states across the country to avoid a large-scale gathering at their well-received virtual convention last week.

Attention then turns to the Republican primetime programming Monday through Thursday nights.

After the Charlotte kickoff, most of the GOP convention will take place in Washington, D.C., at and around the White House, as well as by video. It will feature remarks from a long list of well-known Trump supporters, including members of the Trump family, conservative firebrands and everyday Americans who campaign officials say have been helped by Trump’s policies.

Madison Cawthorn, the GOP nominee for the for the open U.S. House seat in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District – who has denied allegations of racism and sexual misconduct in recent weeks – is among those expected to speak. North Carolina native and evangelist Franklin Graham is also scheduled to appear.

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