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  • 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:

01:00 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.”

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.

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US President Donald Trump, next to Jon Ponder and his wife, and former FBI agent Richard Beasley, after signing pardoning Ponder [2020 Republican National Convention/Handout via Reuters] 

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, 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.”

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. 

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. 


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to speak to the convention on Tuesday evening in a video recorded from Jerusalem [Debbie Hill/Pool via Reuters] 

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.

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.

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