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President Trump’s hospitalization for COVID-19 raises unprecedented uncertainty about the final stretch of the presidential campaign.
There are 30 days to election day and millions of votes have already been cast.
Trump is being treated at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and ousted from the campaign. Meanwhile, about 48 hours before the president announced his positive coronavirus test, Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who debated Trump Tuesday night, navigates how to campaign effectively while his opponent is in the hospital.
On Saturday, the Trump team launched Operation MAGA to keep the energy of their campaign going without the president at the helm. The campaign has announced that virtual events will take place before the Vice Presidential Debate in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.
Following this debate, Vice President Pence, who tested negative for the coronavirus again on Sunday, will conduct a personal campaign tour of key swing states on Thursday in Peoria, Arizona.
“He’s going to get on the trail in Arizona, probably be in Nevada, he’s going to be back here in DC, and he’s going to have a very busy, aggressive schedule and first family, Don, Eric, Ivanka,” Trump aide Jason Miller said on NBC Sunday. “And we have a number of our supporters, our coalitions: black votes for Trump, Latinos for Trump, women for Trump. The entire MAGA operation is used everywhere.”
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien has also tested positive for the corona virus.
77-year-old Biden returned to the campaign on Friday after saying he had a negative coronavirus test – and despite sharing a phase of debate with Trump for more than 90 minutes.
In Michigan, Biden wished Trump all the best – and a broad message about the virus.
“It’s not a question of politics,” Biden told a small audience outside a union hall. “It’s an invigorating reminder to all of us that we must take this virus seriously. It doesn’t go away automatically. We must do our part to be accountable.”
In Michigan, Biden held up his mask while speaking outdoors. His campaign says that the result of every coronavirus test carried out by Biden will be published.
“We have followed strict and comprehensive safety practices recommended by public health professionals and doctors in all of our campaigns – including social distancing, wearing masks and extra protective measures,” said campaign spokesman Andrew Bates in a statement . “Vice President Biden will be tested regularly and we will publish the results of each test.”
Biden and his wife Jill Biden will travel to Florida on Monday to attend events including a televised NBC News town hall on Monday night from Miami.