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Trump car­ries on as he left off; Fauci rings alarm bells

- U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Elections · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Donald Trump · Sanford · Florida · Joe Biden · Sanford · United States of America · White House · Sean Conley · Ohio · Cincinnati

SANFORD, Florida: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­turned to the cam­paign trail yes­ter­day for the first time since he an­nounced his Covid­19 di­ag­no­sis, tout­ing his man­age­ment of the pan­demic as opinion polls showed him los­ing more ground to Demo­cratic ri­val Joe Bi­den.

Trump ar­rived at the out­door rally in Sanford, Florida — the first of six planned for this week — with­out a pro­tec­tive mask. He tossed out masks to thou­sands of sup­port­ers stand­ing shoul­der to shoul­der, most with­out pro­tec­tive face cov­er­ings, and re­peat­edly talked about his re­cov­ery from the coro­n­avirus.

‘‘I went through it now. They say I’m im­mune. I feel so pow­er­ful,’’ Trump told the crowd dur­ing his hour­long re­marks.

‘‘I will kiss ev­ery­one in that au­di­ence. I will kiss the guys and the beau­ti­ful women; I will give you a big fat kiss.’’

Trump’s re­turn to his sig­na­ture cam­paign ral­lies kicked off a three­week sprint to the Novem­ber 3 elec­tion. Na­tional opinion polls and some key state polls show Trump is los­ing to Bi­den in the race.

The air­port rally in Sanford in­di­cated Trump had not re­shaped his cam­paign ap­proach or out­look since con­tract­ing the coro­n­avirus, which has in­fected more than 7.8 mil­lion peo­ple in the United States and killed more than 214,000.

He told sup­port­ers coro­n­avirus safety lockdowns had done great dam­age to the econ­omy and were too dras­tic.

As Trump was hold­ing his rally, top US in­fec­tious dis­ease ex­pert An­thony Fauci told CNBC the United States faced a ‘‘whole lot of trou­ble’’ if it did not en­cour­age uni­ver­sal wear­ing of face masks and avoid mass gath­er­ings.

Trump’s rally came hours af­ter the White House said he had tested neg­a­tive for Covid­19 on con­sec­u­tive days and was not in­fec­tious to oth­ers.

In a memo, Dr Sean Con­ley did not say when the tests were con­ducted but that they and other clin­i­cal and lab­o­ra­tory data ‘‘in­di­cate a lack of de­tectable vi­ral repli­ca­tion’’.

Bi­den yes­ter­day made two cam­paign ap­pear­ances in Ohio. Speak­ing in Cincin­nati, he crit­i­cised Trump for play­ing down the coro­n­avirus threat and mocked the pres­i­dent’s state­ments that he did not want to panic Amer­i­cans.

‘‘Trump is the one who pan­icked. His reck­less per­sonal con­duct since his di­ag­no­sis, as well, has been un­con­scionable. And the longer Don­ald Trump is pres­i­dent, the more reck­less he gets,’’ Bi­den said.

US vot­ers have cast more than 10 mil­lion votes in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, sig­nif­i­cantly out­pac­ing the early vote in 2016 and sug­gest­ing a large turnout, ac­cord­ing to data com­piled by the US Elec­tions Project. — Reuters

❛ I will kiss ev­ery­one in that au­di­ence. I will kiss the guys and the beau­ti­ful women; I will give you a big fat kiss

 ?? PHOTO: REUTERS ?? US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tosses face masks into the crowd as he takes the stage for a cam­paign rally at Or­lando Sanford In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Sanford, Florida, yes­ter­day.
PHOTO: REUTERS US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tosses face masks into the crowd as he takes the stage for a cam­paign rally at Or­lando Sanford In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Sanford, Florida, yes­ter­day.

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