NY Times report cites experts claiming a Trump Gettysburg Speech would be an Ethics Breach

Monday President Trump revealed he is considering the historic location of Gettysburg for his Republican Nomination acceptance speech.

Trump tweeted “We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations – The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C. We will announce the decision soon!”

Gettysburg is of course a historic site, where one of the toughest battles in the Civil War took place in 1863.

Gettysburg is also the location of one of the most well known speeches in history, Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg address” that took place months after the battle.

According to the NY Times, some experts argued choosing Gettysburg for his RNC nomination acceptance speech could result in an ethics breach.

Per the NY Times 

By delivering a speech with the Gettysburg battlefield as a backdrop, experts said, Mr. Trump would risk putting park rangers and other park employees at risk of a violation.

“Applicable law does provide a variety of technical exemptions, which a clever lawyer might stitch together to claim that this is permissible,” said Norman L. Eisen, who served as the chief ethics czar in the Obama White House. “But those loopholes do not contemplate an event of this highly partisan nature of this scope and scale, and the forced political labor of the hundreds, if not thousands, of federal personnel.”

Mr. Eisen added: “The park rangers will appear as political window dressing at the event. No normal president of either party would even try it, and no normal White House or campaign lawyers would support it.”