With his running mate squared away and the Republican Party more or less behind him, Donald Trump prepares for a prime-time moment this week that few would have predicted a year ago – his anointment as the party’s presidential nominee.
The wealthy businessman’s coronation in Cleveland will come at the end of the four-day Republican National Convention that kicks off today.
On Saturday, Trump gave a preview of his showmanship, honed over the years as a reality TV star.
While officially presenting his vicepresidential running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, he detoured frequently to hit Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and tout his own business record.
Trump did recognise, however, that he picked the conservative Christian to help unify a party that has struggled to come to terms with the property mogul’s unorthodox stances and off- the-cuff campaign style.
It was an admission of sorts that he needs the veteran politician’s yin to counter his outsider yang in preparation for the November 8 election.
Trump’s Saturday appearance was the last time he is scheduled to speak before his acceptance speech on Thursday night.
The disorganised nature of the running mate rollout – in which Trump failed to fully project the power of the partnership – had some Republicans worried that they could see more of the same at Cleveland.
Trump’s campaign has released a list of planned speakers for the convention, but it has yet to publish a full schedule.
His wife, Melania Trump, whose presence on the campaign trail has been minimal, is expected to speak today.