US President says might hold rally in Florida on Saturday.
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he might try to attend a rally on Saturday night, probably in Florida, less than a week after he returned to White House after being hospitalised because of the coronavirus.
In a phone interview with Fox News after his physician said it was safe for him to return to public engagements on Saturday, Trump said he was feeling “so good” and that he would be keen to get back to campaigning.
“I think I’m going to try doing a rally on Saturday night, if we have enough time to put it together, but we want to do a rally… probably in Florida on Saturday night, might come back and do one in Pennsylvania in the following night,” he said.
He also said he would probably get a COVID-19 test on Friday.
Trump was hospitalised on last Friday after he announced he had contracted the coronavirus. He returned to the White House on Monday.
Confined to the White House with the illness that he has sought to play down, Trump has been itching to return to the campaign trail, as he trails Democratic candidate Joe Biden in national polls ahead of the November 3 election.
Dr Sean Conley said the president had responded “extremely well” to medication and had “remained stable”, the BBC reported.
Trump earlier pulled out of next Thursday’s TV debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden after organisers said it would have to be a virtual event.
The move sparked a row about how and when further debates would take place.
In a memo released by the White House on Thursday evening, Dr Conley said Trump was displaying no signs “to suggest progression of illness”.
“Saturday will be day 10 since [last] Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the president’s safe return to public engagements at that time,” the memo added.
Earlier, Dr Conley said that if the president’s condition remained the same or improved throughout the weekend and into Monday, “we will all take that final, deep sigh of relief”.
At the moment, it appears a debate could take place on 22 October, although in what form remains to be seen.
The first presidential debate on September 29 had descended into insults and interruptions. The vice-presidential debate, held on Wednesday night between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, was a far more measured affair.
Latest opinion polls suggest Biden has a high single digit lead nationally, but the outcome is often decided in battleground states where the races can be much closer.
Six million ballots have already been cast in early voting.
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