Although the president’s doctor, Sean Conley, has previously said that Trump could likely resume such activities as of Saturday, it is unclear whether the president has tested negative since becoming ill or if he’s still contagious.
On Saturday, Trump will speak to a crowd gathered by conservative activist Candace Owens, whose Blexit Foundation is encouraging black Americans to leave the Democratic Party.
His speech is billed as “remarks to peaceful law and order protesters” according to an invitation. He will address the crowd from the Truman Balcony in the Blue Room, a large representation room on the first floor of the White House. According to a person familiar with the event, more than two thousand guests were invited.
In a statement, the White House said participants will be “instructed” to wear a mask during the complex but will only be screened for Covid-19 with a temperature check and a “brief questionnaire” – no test. The statement added that attendees are “strongly encouraged” but not required to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus guidelines, such as: B. social distancing and wearing masks.
“The health and safety of all participants is our priority,” the statement said.
ABC News first reported on Trump’s appearance at the event on Saturday.
On Monday, Trump will continue his campaign trip to Sanford, Florida for a MAGA rally.
Florida is a critical state for Trump in the upcoming election, and its campaign has been an aggressive game to attract Latino and Hispanic voters in the area. As part of that push, Vice President Mike Pence will also travel to Florida on Saturday for a bus tour in Orlando.
On Saturday afternoon, the Trump campaign announced two more rallies for the following days: one in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, and one in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday.
Both Trump’s rallies and large gatherings in the White House have been scrutinized in recent weeks after being linked to a coronavirus outbreak that has spread through the top ranks of the government. The events have regularly disregarded basic pandemic protocols such as: B. Crowd restrictions and social distancing.
A rose garden ceremony for Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett late last month caused numerous infections among Trump’s employees and allies. And in the days that followed, Trump and his team traveled in a confined space to multiple rallies and fundraising drives, likely to further spread the virus.
The full extent of the outbreak is unknown, but it has entangled the President, the First Lady, the head of the Republican National Committee, Trump’s campaign manager, the White House press secretary, and some of Trump’s best aides.
When asked if Trump could resume his rallies, Democratic challenger Joe Biden said he “wouldn’t show up if you didn’t have a mask and were aloof,” according to a pool report.
“Good luck,” said Biden.
Caitlin Oprysko contributed to this report.