Trump Won’t Resume Campaigning If He’s Able to Transmit CCP Virus: White House

October 9, 2020 Updated: October 9, 2020

President Donald Trump won’t resume campaign events until it’s clear that he’s not able to transmit the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a White House official said Friday.

“The president, I was on the phone with him three or four times yesterday, and he is hard at work. He’s ready to go. He wants to talk to the American people and he wants to be out there,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a virtual appearance on “Fox & Friends.” “Logistically, whether tomorrow is possible, it would be tough, it would be a decision for the campaign, but logistically we’re just trying to keep up with the president, who is ready to go and ready to be out there as soon as he gets the okay from his doctor.”

McEnany, who is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, said she spoke to Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician, on Thursday.

“He believes that Saturday [Trump] will be clear to go. I’ll leave that to him as to how it works medically but he assured me that there are medical tests underway, that will ensure that when the president is back out there, he will not be able to transmit the virus,” she said.

“We will make sure that he’s in a good spot before he’s out there,” she said, adding later, “He won’t be out there if he can transmit the virus.”

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a news conference at the White House, in Washington, on Sept. 24, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump said during a phone call with Fox News’ Sean Hannity late Thursday that he is going to try to hold a rally in Florida on Saturday night.

A rally in Pennsylvania on Sunday is also possible, he said.

The Trump campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Trump declined to answer directly when asked if he has tested negative for COVID-19 yet. He tested positive on Oct. 1.

“Well, what we’re doing is probably the test will be tomorrow, the actual test, because there’s no reason to test all the time,” he said.

“But they found very little infection or virus, if any. I don’t know that they found any. I didn’t go into it greatly with the doctors. We have these great doctors at Walter Reed.”

Trump was treated for several days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before being discharged back to the White House on Monday.

Conley said in a memorandum earlier Thursday that he believes the president will be able to safely resume public engagements on Saturday.

Trump’s last campaign engagements were on Sept. 30 in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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