Campaign rallies have come to a halt as the coronavirus pandemic makes it hard for Americans to congregate, and President Donald Trump appears concerned that it may hinder his ability to reach his supporters.
“I hope we’re going to be able to get the rallies back before the election,” Trump told the New York Post.
He added, “I actually think it’s very important. I think that would be a big — a big disadvantage to me if we didn’t, if we couldn’t have the rallies back.”
Trump described the nature of the rallies as “informative” and “fun.”
“People are wanting the rallies. They want to have them so badly. They were informative but they were fun,” Trump said.
He pivoted to the topic of daily coronavirus task force briefings after making the decision to hold less of them.
Trump said there will be one or two a week with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany leading some of them.
McEnany made her briefing debut Friday afternoon, as IJR reported.
“So, which is more important, the rally or the press conferences?” the president asked.
Trump considered the difference between the briefings and his rallies.
“I think they both work. You know, they are very different, though, I suspect,” Trump said.
Despite advice from leading health experts, Trump’s campaign reportedly has plans to hold rallies, as IJR previously reported.
He is beginning to press his aides to schedule events outside of the White House.
Trump has also scheduled travel plans to head to Arizona on Tuesday.
Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) gained momentum in the race after a rocky start to his campaign.
He continues his search for a running mate and has named four co-chairs to his selection committee.
Biden has recently come under criticism after Tara Reade, a former staffer while he was a senator, made a sexual assault allegation against him.
He denied the allegation in a statement released Friday.
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