CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The balloons won’t drop until Thursday at the Republican National Convention, but on Friday, work continued to make sure everything would be ready for the big event.
Donald Trump is expected to accept the party’s nomination to run for president, and local and national media will have a front-row seat.
Along with the final preparations, a media row was set aside for the 15,000 people who are covering the convention. Inside Quicken Loans Arena, the stage is ready for speakers to start on Monday. Outside, a security perimeter includes a fence made of tough steel bolted together and over 8 feet high. That fence will be closely guarded by the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies.
“If there was one word to use to describe about what’s going on in Cleveland right now and how we are doing, it is ‘prepared.’ We are very prepared,” said Dave O’Neil, RNC Deputy Press Secretary.
It’s a convention that Trump promises will not be boring.
The Norwegians are interested, sending Paul Jorgensen of TV2 to cover the politician.
“We think he’s an idiot, a dangerous idiot who’s about to become president in the United States. Everybody is scared,” Jorgensen said.
Norway is watching because Trump wants European countries to pay more money into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance.
“Our neighbor is Russia. One of our neighbor states is Russia. If the United States is withdrawing from NATO, we’re in big trouble,” Jorgensen said.
He admits Trump and Clinton are both hugely popular, and he will be covering the Democratic Convention as well.