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Politics Top Trump aide says president is ‘eager to return to the campaign trail’ amid reports a planned rally was scrapped

00:16  01 july  2020
00:16  01 july  2020 Source:   news.yahoo.com

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  Trump, Pence scrap planned outdoor speeches at Tulsa rally President Trump scrapped a planned address to supporters outside the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday as attendance appeared to fall short of expectations. © Getty Images Trump, Pence scrap planned outdoor speeches at Tulsa rally The Trump campaign said in a statement the president and Vice President Pence would not give speeches at a separate stage outside the arena as originally planned.The campaign had touted the dual speeches from each leader as a special feature of the president's first campaign rally in months and a sign of the enthusiasm and turnout they were expecting in Tulsa.

Donald Trump ’s campaign has reportedly cancelled plans for the president to appear at a rally in Alabama next week after local officials expressed The news comes after Mr Trump ’s seemingly failed grand return to the campaign trail earlier this month, with a rally that saw just 6,200 attendees while

Trump intended to rally in support of Tommy Tuberville for Senate against his former attorney general Jeff Sessions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also opposes Trump inserting himself into the election given Sessions would still be an ally to the president if he made it back into the Senate.

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh held a press conference call with reporters on Tuesday where he said the president is “eager to return to the campaign trail and to keep campaigning and keep connecting with Americans.”

The phone call came just as CNN reported the Trump campaign cancelled plans to hold a rally in Alabama next weekend due to concerns about rising numbers of coronavirus infections. When asked about the CNN report later Tuesday afternoon, Murtaugh said “we don’t comment about rally planning.”

As he suggested Trump wants to hold more of his signature rallies on the call, Murtaugh touted Trump’s performance and contrasted it with the president’s Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Mr Trump 's campaign meanwhile cancelled a rally for next weekend in Alabama amid concerns of rising The US president is often outsmarted by his Russian counterpart, according to the It comes amid concerns that the Trump administration did not act on reports that Russia planned on paying

The Trump campaign has said it intends to conduct temperature checks, distribute hand sanitizer and hand out masks, but a lawsuit this week tried to Mayor G.T. Bynum had declared a civil emergency and announced a curfew near the arena amid fears of protesters from out of state coming to the rally

Donald Trump et al. in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Attendees gestures as U.S. President Donald Trump pauses during a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., on Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Go Nakamura/Bloomberg via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! News Attendees gestures as U.S. President Donald Trump pauses during a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., on Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Go Nakamura/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“That is where he is, is most effective and is without question more effective than Joe Biden,” Murtaugh said of campaign rallies. “It's no secret that Joe Biden, the Democrats, and many in the national media would love to keep President Trump off the campaign trail, but he is determined to keep meeting Americans in person and speaking to them directly.”

Recent polls show Trump trailing Biden by double digits both nationally and in some key states. In response, Trump has tweeted that polls showing him behind Biden are a “joke” and that his private polling shows him doing well.

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  So, what if Trump *was* joking about coronavirus testing? On Saturday night at his much-hyped return to the campaign trail in Tulsa, Oklahoma, President Donald Trump said this about testing for Covid-19: require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "When you test -- when you do testing to that extent, you're going to find more people. You're going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down, please."Which, even by the incredibly lowered standards by which Trump statements are judged, was immediately controversial.

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of He says he’s tested every day and he’s eager to put his cognitive capabilities up against the If the reports are true, the public should conclude that Trump isn’t fit to be president , Biden said .

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death “ President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorised Biden says he misses the campaign trail and meeting voters. “I have been surprised

The questions about future campaigning plans came after Trump held a rally in Tulsa, Okla. on June 20. It was the president’s first rally since early March and the largest indoor event in the country since the coronavirus lockdowns began.

Trump’s Tulsa rally suffered from disappointing attendance that has added to internal tensions on the president’s campaign team. Multiple staffers who were involved in setting up the event and a pair of Secret Service agents also tested positive for the virus.

On the call, Murtaugh was asked if he had any specifics on where — or when — Trump might try to hold another event. He declined to provide details about future rally plans.

“As far as time, and place, and actual locations of rallies, that's something that we are always looking at and always planning and always considering,” Murtaugh said, adding, “We have never had a practice of announcing a rally until it is confirmed and ready to go, so we have never commented on our deliberations.”

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  Trump campaign scraps rally ahead of Sessions-Tuberville primary amid pandemic President Donald Trump's campaign has scrapped plans to hold a rally in Alabama next weekend amid concerns about coronavirus infections rising in the US, CNN has learned. © SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Trump was slated to travel to the state ahead of the Senate race between his former attorney general Jeff Sessions and the former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, but plans were called off as state officials voiced concerns about a mass gathering and campaign officials ultimately decided against it.

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death “ President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorised Biden says he misses the campaign trail and meeting voters. “I have been surprised

Top health expert says US is sliding backwards on handling of pandemic and that he fears the rate of death “ President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorised Biden says he misses the campaign trail and meeting voters. “I have been surprised

a man holding a sign: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event June 30, 2020 at Alexis I. Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden discussed the Trump Administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! News Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event June 30, 2020 at Alexis I. Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden discussed the Trump Administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Murtaugh’s call was mainly focused on a speech and press conference Biden held in Delaware on Tuesday afternoon. He highlighted a list of questions that the Trump campaign wanted to see Biden asked at the event.

Murtaugh also criticized Biden for not having had a press availability in over three months and criticized the former vice president’s record, particularly on past disease outbreaks and China. Murtaugh argued this undermined Biden’s critiques of Trump’s coronavirus response.

“He has done nothing but lob partisan grenades from his basement in Delaware while facing very little scrutiny for his own record,“ Murtaugh said of Biden.

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Trump Rally Likely Fueled Virus Cases, Tulsa Official Says .
The top health official in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said that President Donald Trump’s June 20 campaign rally and accompanying protests likely boosted the number of coronavirus infections in the area. © Bloomberg U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Trump's first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S. drew far fewer supporters than the president and his advisers had predicted, a downbeat end to a day of controversy over efforts to oust a top prosecutor in New York.

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