President Donald Trump is no longer considered a coronavirus transmission risk to others and has met the criteria for safe discontinuation of isolation, his physician Sean Conley said.
Conley didn’t say if the president tested negative for the virus. Trump returned to action earlier Saturday in a short campaign-style speech to supporters at the White House. He will hold campaign events in Florida on Monday, then move on to Pennsylvania and Iowa.
Trump first unveiled his positive test for the coronavirus early Oct. 2, and credits an antibody treatment from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. for a quick recovery. He returned to the Oval Office Wednesday after working from the White House residence following his departure from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
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Biden Holds Lead Over Trump in New Poll (12 a.m.)
Joe Biden maintained a 12-point lead over Trump in a new ABC/Washington Post poll published Sunday. Biden had 54% support among likely voters compared with Trump at 42%. The poll showed two-thirds of registered voters believed Trump didn’t take proper precautions against Covid-19, and 62% distrust what he said about it. On who voters trusted more to handle the pandemic, Biden kept a 17-point lead over Trump.
Doctor Says Trump No Longer Transmission Risk (9:05 p.m.)
Trump has been fever-free for well over 24 hours and all his symptoms have improved, Conley said in the memorandum published by the White House. Also, testing throughout his illness has shown decreasing viral loads.
The tests “reveal there is no longer evidence of actively replicating virus,” Conley said, adding that he’ll continue to monitor the president.
No. 10 Ready to Woo Biden, Sunday Times Reports (6:00 p.m.)
The Sunday Times reported that the U.K. government is writing off and reaching out to Biden. U.K. ministers have been told to start forging links with the Democratic presidential nominee after “writing off” Trump’s chances of re-election, the paper said in a front-page article.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s been warned that Trump is on course for a landslide loss, and that Republicans are likely to lose control of the Senate, the paper said.
“They’re writing off Trump in No. 10 now,” said a senior Tory who wasn’t identified by the Times. Johnson spoke with Trump this month, wishing him well but not taking sides.
Trump Returns With Speech to Fans at White House (3:30 p.m.)
Trump made his first public appearance since returning from the hospital, speaking for about 18 minutes to several hundred mostly Black and Hispanic supporters at the White House.
“Thank you all for the prayers,” the president said from the Blue Room balcony to the invited guests, mostly masked, gathered on the South Lawn for the campaign-style event.
Trump said he was “feeling great”; photographs showed flesh-colored bandages on his right hand, potentially from intravenous treatments after his coronavirus diagnosis.
The president has no public events scheduled for Sunday and is due to hit the trail for events in three states starting Monday.
Trump Announces Rallies in Pennsylvania, Iowa (1:10 pm.)
The Trump campaign on Saturday announced two new “airport rallies” for next week as the president resumes an active campaigning schedule after being laid low by the coronavirus.
Trump will make remarks in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday and in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, his campaign said.
Pennsylvania is seen by many pundits as the ultimate battleground state for 2020. Trump narrowly won there in 2016 but trails Joe Biden in recent polls. A judge on Saturday dismissed a suit brought by Trump’s campaign that challenged Pennsylvania’s mail voting procedures for November’s elections.
Biden also leads narrowly in Iowa, according to the RealClearPolitics average of recent surveys. It’s a state Trump won by more than 9 points en route to the White House but where Democrats have had success in the past.
Climate Activist Thunberg Urges Vote for Biden (11:00 a.m.)
Climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted support Saturday for Joe Biden in November’s U.S. election.
“I never engage in party politics,” Thunberg told her 4.1 million Twitter followers. “But, I mean…you know…damn! Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden.”
Thunberg was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in December. Trump mocked the teen, saying on Twitter that “Greta must work on her Anger Management Problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend!”
He earlier responded sarcastically to an impassioned speech by Thunberg at the UN in September 2019, in which she warned that “entire ecosystems are collapsing” due to climate change. “She seems like a very happy young girl,” Trump said.
Trump and Thunberg have something in common: both were among over 300 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, losing on Friday to the United Nations’ World Food Programme.
Christie Leaves New Jersey Hospital (9:30 a.m.)
Chris Christie tweeted Saturday that he’d been released from Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey after treatment for the coronavirus.
The former New Jersey governor checked into hospital on Oct. 3 after testing positive, citing his “history of asthma.”
He’s among the high-profile officials suspected to have become infected at the Sept. 26 White House event celebrating Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court.
On Saturday Christie thanked his “extraordinary doctors & nurses” and said he’ll have more to say next week.
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