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Trump sets big events for WH, Florida, restart­ing cam­paign.

- By Zeke Miller, Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Elections · Donald Trump · Florida · Washington · Joe Biden · White House · Amy Coney Barrett · U.S. Supreme Court · Anthony Fauci · Columbia University · Twentieth Century Fox Film Company Ltd. · Rush Limbaugh · Democratic Party (United States) · Sean Conley · Oval Office · Sanford · Sean Hannity · Tucker Carlson

WASHINGTON — Look­ing to shove his cam­paign back on track, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his team laid out an ag­gres­sive re­turn to po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties on Fri­day, in­clud­ing a big Satur­day White House event and a rally in Florida on Mon­day, a week af­ter his hos­pi­tal­iza­tion for the coro­n­avirus that has killed more than 210,000 Amer­i­cans.

As ques­tions linger about his health — and Demo­cratic op­po­nent Joe Bi­den steps up his own cam­paign­ing — Trump planned to leave Washington for the first time since he was hos­pi­tal­ized. He is also in­creas­ing his ra­dio and TV ap­pear­ances with con­ser­va­tive in­ter­view­ers, hop­ing to make up for lost time with just over three weeks un­til Elec­tion Day and mil­lions al­ready vot­ing.

The pres­i­dent has not been seen in pub­lic — other than in White House-pro­duced videos — since his re­turn days ago from the mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal where he re­ceived ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ments for the virus.

Two weeks af­ter his Rose Gar­den event that has been la­beled a “su­per-spreader” for the virus, Trump is plan­ning to con­vene an­other large crowd out­side the White House on Satur­day on a law-and-or­der theme. More than two dozen peo­ple linked to the White House have con­tracted COVID-19 since the pres­i­dent’s Sept. 26 event an­nounc­ing Judge Amy Coney Bar­rett as his nom­i­nee to the Supreme Court.

Trump will ad­dress the Satur­day group, ex­pected to be at least sev­eral hun­dred sup­port­ers, from the White House bal­cony. All at­ten­dees are to be re­quired to bring masks or will be pro­vided with them, and also will be given tem­per­a­ture checks and asked to fill out a brief ques­tion­naire. Fol­low­ing of CDC guide­lines will be strongly en­cour­aged, which in­clude mask-wear­ing and so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

Trump’s Mon­day rally in San­ford, Florida, was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be held on Oct. 2, the day af­ter he tested pos­i­tive.

An­nounce­ment of the new event came as Dr. An­thony Fauci, the govern­ment’s top in­fec­tious dis­ease ex­pert, cau­tioned the White House again to avoid large-scale gath­er­ings of peo­ple with­out masks.

He said of the Bar­rett event in an in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press, “I was not sur­prised to see a su­per-spreader event given the cir­cum­stances.” That means “crowded, con­gre­gate setting, not wear­ing masks. It is not sur­pris­ing to see an out­break,” he said.

District of Columbia virus re­stric­tions pro­hibit out­door gath­er­ings larger than 50 peo­ple, al­though that rule has not been strictly en­forced. Masks are manda­tory out­doors for most peo­ple, but the reg­u­la­tions don’t ap­ply on fed­eral land, and the Trump White House has openly flouted them for months.

And next week in Florida? Trump tweeted on Fri­day that he would be in San­ford “for a very BIG RALLY!”

Mean­while, next Thurs­day’s town hall-style TrumpBi­den de­bate was of­fi­cially can­celed, a few days af­ter Trump backed away when the spon­sor­ing com­mis­sion switched it from face-to-face to vir­tual fol­low­ing Trump’s COVID di­ag­no­sis.

Trump said the Com­mis­sion on Pres­i­den­tial De­bates was pro­tect­ing Bi­den from hav­ing to take on the pres­i­dent in per­son. But Bi­den’s team said the one de­mand­ing pro­tec­tion was Trump.

“It’s shame­ful that Don­ald Trump ducked the only de­bate in which the vot­ers get to ask the ques­tions -but it’s no sur­prise,” said Bi­den spokesman Andrew Bates. “Ev­ery­one knows that Don­ald Trump likes to bully re­porters, but ob­vi­ously he doesn’t have the guts to an­swer for his record to vot­ers at the same time as Vice Pres­i­dent Bi­den.”

Trump is now mak­ing the rounds of friendly con­ser­va­tive me­dia, call­ing in to Fox News host Sean Han­nity Thurs­day night and spend­ing two hours live on air with ra­dio host Rush Lim­baugh Fri­day in what his cam­paign billed as a “ra­dio rally.”

Hold­ing court on his re­elec­tion bat­tle, his fight against the coro­n­avirus and re­vived ne­go­ti­a­tions with Democrats to pass an eco­nomic stim­u­lus bill, Trump was mak­ing a di­rect ap­peal to his base of loyal sup­port­ers, whom he needs to turn out to the polls in droves. He fol­low­ing with a taped ap­pear­ance on Tucker Carl­son’s Fox News show Fri­day evening.

Fauci said in his AP in­ter­view, “Let me just tell you what the CDC guide­lines are for get­ting peo­ple to be able to go back into so­ci­ety. It gen­er­ally is 10 days from the on­set of your symp­toms.”

That on­set for Trump was Oct. 1, ac­cord­ing to his doc­tors. The pres­i­dent’s White House doc­tor, Navy Cmdr. Sean Con­ley, said that means Trump, who has been sur­rounded by min­i­mal staffing as he works out of the White House res­i­dence and the Oval Of­fice, could re­turn to hold­ing events on Satur­day.

 ?? Mandel Ngan / Getty Im­ages ?? U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ar­rives for a cam­paign rally at Smith-reynolds Re­gional Air­port in Win­ston-salem, N.C. on Sept. 8. Trump should be able to re­sume "pub­lic en­gage­ments" from Satur­day, the White House physi­cian an­nounced on Thurs­day, say­ing the U.S. leader has re­sponded "ex­tremely well" to COVID-19 treat­ment.
Mandel Ngan / Getty Im­ages U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ar­rives for a cam­paign rally at Smith-reynolds Re­gional Air­port in Win­ston-salem, N.C. on Sept. 8. Trump should be able to re­sume "pub­lic en­gage­ments" from Satur­day, the White House physi­cian an­nounced on Thurs­day, say­ing the U.S. leader has re­sponded "ex­tremely well" to COVID-19 treat­ment.

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