Trump says he turned down offer to speak every night at convention
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE says Republican National Convention organizers offered him the chance to speak every night of the convention, but he declined.


“What they’ve asked me to do is to speak all three nights. I turned it down,” Trump told The New York Times.

“Everybody wants that,” he added. “I don’t want people to think I’m grandstanding — which I’m not. But it would get high ratings.”

Trump also nixed the idea of giving his nomination acceptance speech in an outdoor arena — though he admitted that the prospect of arriving for his speech in a helicopter was “pretty cool.”

The Times also reported that many of the convention’s speakers have yet to be confirmed. A group of major sports figures were reportedly being floated by the campaign, though one — former NFL coach Mike Ditka — has already turned down an invitation to speak.

Trump said in the interview that his list of prospective speakers includes Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein to appear for House interview next week Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure McGahn departs as White House counsel MORE (R-Ala.), 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and members of the Trump family.

The presumptive Republican nominee also admitted that he is having some trouble preparing his own speech.

“I want it to be on message,” he said. “I want it to be fun. And you have to put all of those things together. But the on message is really the most important thing.”