World Trump aims to hit campaign trail as soon as Monday, awaits more testing
Trump, Biden hit campaign trail after acrimonious debate
US President Donald Trump and Joe Biden return to the campaign trail on Wednesday after a chaotic debate that allowed the 77-year-old Democratic candidate to rebuff Republican claims that he doesn't have the stamina for the White House job. Snap polls on the debate performances of the presidential candidates leaned towards Biden, who withstood a barrage of barbs from the 74-year-old Trump while delivering some of his own. A CBS sampling of 1,039Snap polls on the debate performances of the presidential candidates leaned towards Biden, who withstood a barrage of barbs from the 74-year-old Trump while delivering some of his own.
By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is itching to get back on the campaign trail after being sidelined by a COVID-19 infection but is unlikely to hold any in-person events until at least Monday, aides said on Friday.
Trump was tested regularly for Covid-19. He wanted less testing for everyone else.
Why doesn’t every workplace have the same level of testing as the White House?While Trump has a number of risk factors for a severe case of the disease, one advantage he does have is that his infection was caught fairly early, before any severe symptoms arose. That’s because the White House is able to conduct regular and rapid tests, something that is still out of reach for many workplaces across the United States even as they reopen.
Trump said on Thursday night he hoped to hold campaign rallies in the crucial swing states of Florida on Saturday and Pennsylvania on Sunday, but aides said the short notice would make the events difficult to stage.
Questions remain about whether Trump, who announced on Oct. 2 he had the virus and spent three nights in a military hospital, is still contagious. Trump told Fox News he was likely to be tested for the virus on Friday.
The illness has kept the Republican president away from holding public rallies and attending fundraisers at a critical juncture of the campaign, as he trails Democratic rival Joe Biden in opinion polls with just weeks to go before the Nov. 3 election.
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said the president was hard at work and ready to go as soon as he got approval from his doctor, telling Fox News, "He wants to talk to the American people, and he wants to be out there."
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In briefings, interviews and rallies, Trump has repeatedly claimed the virus is ‘under control and will ‘go away’On the campaign trail, Trump has mocked his Democratic rival Joe Biden for excessive caution and warned voters Biden would seek to shut down the US economy to control the virus.
Trump and his administration have faced criticism for their broad handling of the pandemic, as well as for a lax approach to mask-wearing and social distancing in the White House and - in recent days - confusing messages about how ill the president has been.
With Trump's management of the pandemic dominating the campaign, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Americans are steadily losing confidence in how he has managed the health crisis - with his net approval on the issue hitting a new low.
White House physician Sean Conley said in a memo released on Thursday that Trump had completed his course of therapy for COVID-19, remained stable since returning home from the Walter Reed medical facility on Monday and could resume public engagements on Saturday.
"There are medical tests underway that will ensure that when the president is back out he will not be able to transmit the virus," McEnany said, adding Conley would lay out the details later. "He won't be out there if he can transmit the virus."
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McEnany is one of a string of Trump aides, including his campaign manager, who have tested positive in an outbreak of the virus in the last week within the White House and Trump campaign.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, told MSNBC on Thursday that guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said a patient is considered infectious for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or until two negative molecular diagnostic tests 24 hours apart.
The White House has declined to say when Trump last tested negative for the disease.
Trump was scheduled to do an on-camera interview with Fox News on Friday night, his first since being diagnosed. Fittingly given he is a former reality television star, Fox said in a press release that Dr. Marc Siegel "will conduct a medical evaluation and interview during the program."
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Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis is bad. His allies are trying anything to fix that.President Donald Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus. As has former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, former senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, among other officials.
Biden has continued to campaign during Trump's illness, with events scheduled on Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The former vice president, who has sharply criticized Trump's handling of the pandemic, is leading in national polls but the advantage is more narrow in some of the swing states that may determine the election outcome.On Friday afternoon, Trump told conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh he was working to get coronavirus antibody drugs developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Eli Lilly and Co approved quickly and out to hospitals after his own experience.
He might not have recovered without those treatments to combat his illness, he said, adding his doctors at one point told him: "You could have been very bad. You were going into a very bad phase."
The Trump and Biden campaigns sparred on Thursday over a televised debate that had been planned for next week. Trump pulled out of the scheduled Oct. 15 event after the nonpartisan debate commission said it would be held virtually, with the candidates in separate locations, because of safety concerns after Trump contracted COVID-19.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a letter Friday morning touting Democrats' plan to 'crush' the coronavirus where she said Trump did not have the 'capacity' to act.'This is not about president Trump. He will face the judgement of the voters,' Pelosi told reporters in a press conference she teased Thursday.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by John Whitesides; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Frances Kerry and Cynthia Osterman)
The NY Times and WSJ not sending reporters to Trump events this week .
The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post all said they would not be sending a staff member to travel on Air Force One with Trump as he returns to the campaign trail this week. The news organizations are wary of sending staff without basic assurances that the health of reporters will be protected, the New York Times reports.Three White House correspondents tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks, as Trump and his staff continue to flout protocols such as mask wearing that reduce the risk of the spread of the virus.