President Donald Trump’s plans to be in Sanford for a rally today were abruptly canceled when he announced shortly before 1 a.m. that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Florida was to be a focus — Initial reports out of the White House are that the president is not exhibiting any symptoms, but this news obviously upends the campaign, especially since there was supposed to be a focus on Trump’s adopted home state during the final stretch. A Trump campaign operative said earlier in the week that they were looking at having the president make anywhere from four to five more appearances in Florida between now and Election Day. The second debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is also scheduled to be held on Oct. 15 in Miami.
POLITICO reported that it was unclear how long the president will be confined to the White House. The White House has required other officials who tested positive for the virus to have a week without symptoms and two negative test results before returning to work. For a president and a party who have spent months trying to shift the public mindset away from COVID-19, we’ve now found ourselves perhaps more inundated with it than ever.
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