President Donald Trump will attend an in-person event Saturday on the South Lawn of the White House around a week after he was airlifted to Walter Reed hospital to treat his coronavirus symptoms, according to multiple reports.
Trump will speak from a White House balcony, ABC News reported Friday, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the plans.
He is expected to deliver remarks “to peaceful protesters for law and order,” according to an invitation obtained by ABC. Hundreds of people are expected at the event, The New York Times reported.
Trump revealed last Friday that he was positive for COVID-19 just hours after a close aide, Hope Hicks, said she had come down with the virus. He was flown to the presidential hospital suite Friday evening for symptoms that included a fever and difficulty breathing, but checked himself out three days later to return to the White House ― putting staff there at risk.
It remains unclear whether Trump’s appearance will adhere to CDC guidelines. The agency says people with COVID-19 are safe to be around others 10 days after their symptoms first appear if they have been fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms — aside from the possible loss of taste or smell — appear to be getting better. The White House has not been forthcoming about the date of the president’s last negative coronavirus test, and we do not know precisely when he began to feel sick.
Walter Reed Dr. Sean Conley, however, gave Trump the all-clear to resume public events by this weekend in a letter released Thursday. Conley has admitted to offering a rosy view of the president’s condition in prior remarks to the press.
Numerous other people in Trump’s orbit have also announced they have the virus, including first lady Melania Trump, former adviser Kellyanne Conway and current adviser Stephen Miller.
Several of those who became sick had attended the president’s Supreme Court nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday, Sept. 26.
This coming Saturday will be the first time Trump has held a public event since announcing his illness.
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