Trump will address guests from the White House balcony in his first public event since his COVID-19 diagnosis
President Donald Trump will address hundreds of invited guests on Saturday to discuss “law and order,” from the balcony of the White House.
Trump, who is still recovering from COVID-19, will appear before his supporters this weekend, ABC News reports. The gathering will take place on the South Lawn of the White House and highlight “remarks to peaceful protesters for law and order,” according to the official invite.
Trump’s first public event since his diagnosis is being organized in conjunction with Blexit, the Candace Owens’ backed group which urges Black Americans to leave the Democratic Party per sources. Gates will be opened at 11:30 A.M. for those who register for a ticket.
The gathering comes two weeks since Trump publicly announced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court justice nominee at the Rose Garden on September 26. As theGrio reported, that ceremony is suspected as ground zero for the outbreak of the coronavirus in the West Wing.
Many of the attendees who attended the Rose Garden ceremony did not wear masks or practice social distancing. Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Sens. Mike Lee, Thom Tillis, and Ron Johnson, Trump aides Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks, and University of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins attended the unveiling for Coney Barrett and all tested positive for the disease.
Former Gov. Chris Christie who helped Trump with his debate prep also contracted the disease.
White House staffers have also reportedly become ill with the virus and an internal government memo placed the number at 34.
The president needed to be transported by aircraft to Walter Reed Medical Center and was only released on Monday. However, he has maintained that he is “perfect” amid fears that he may still be contagious for the easily transmitted disease.
“The Trump administration continues to have disregard for the science,” said Dr. Jay Bhatt, an ABC News contributor and practicing internist. “This statement is premature given that we don’t know what will happen between now and Saturday given that symptoms can pop at any time. He put many people at risk and we saw the aftermath. This can’t happen again.”
Despite his own coronavirus diagnosis and more than 200, 000 Americans succumbing to the infection, pivoting to a theme of “law and order” is another sign that Trump is ready to resume his presidential campaign. Over the course of the past few months, he has promoted that message in response to the protests sweeping the country in response to the killings of Black people by police.
Trump also told Fox’s Sean Hannity this week that he was also ready to return to in-person rallies as early as Saturday in Florida.
“I think I’m gonna try doing a rally on Saturday night if we have enough time to put it together — but we wanna do a rally, probably in Florida on Saturday night,” the president said. “We might come back and do one in Pennsylvania the following night, and it’s incredible what’s going on. I feel so good.”
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