Nine days after testing positive for COVID-19, US President Donald Trump addresses several hundred supporters at the White House on Saturday, hoping to relaunch his campaign within four weeks of the election .
His campaign team also said he would hold two more election rallies next week, in addition to the one in Florida on Monday: one in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the other in Iowa on Wednesday.
If he repeats that he feels “very well”, his state of health remains shrouded in a certain mystery as the communication of his doctor Sean Conley – he seems especially eager to please his famous patient – has been opaque and not very rigorous.
“I have not taken any more medicine for about eight hours,” assured the tenant of the White House Friday evening, during his first filmed interview, broadcast on Fox News.
For months, under the impetus of a president who sometimes mocked the wearing of masks, White House advisers hardly ever wore them in the famous “West Wing.”
The tone has changed since the news of Donald and Melania Trump’s positive tests. According to a source close to the organization of Saturday’s event, all guests will be required to wear one.
By early afternoon, several dozen people lined up to enter the White House, with the President’s distinctive red caps on their supporters. Many of them weren’t covered.
It is precisely a rally at the White House two weeks ago, to announce the appointment of a conservative judge to the Supreme Court, who has been pointed out as responsible for many contaminations detected since.
The day was clearly a “super-spread” event, said immunologist Anthony Fauci, director of the US Institute of Infectious Diseases, and a highly respected figure in the United States.
Many questions remain unanswered about this wave of infections that has affected many of the president’s close associates, including his spokesman Kayleigh McEnany.
“When was the president’s last negative Covid test? Asked Pete Buttigieg, a former Democratic primary candidate against Joe Biden, whose name is regularly cited for a prominent position if Donald Trump is defeated on November 3.
213,000 Americans have died
“More than 213,000 Americans have died from this virus, and the harsh reality is that it could have been avoided,” Joe Biden tweeted Saturday.
The former vice-president of Barack Obama, who is now nearly ten points ahead in national polls and has also consolidated his advantage in voting intentions at the level of the decisive states for the election, continues his campaign at his pace.
In the Republican camp, the concern is increasingly palpable. Some big names are openly worried about the progress of the campaign.
“If on election day people are angry […], we could lose the White House, and both houses of Congress […], it could be a bloodbath, ”warned Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
Donald Trump goes on to repeat that the polls are wrong and does not hide his impatience to leave Washington and resume meetings.
Hogan Gidley, spokesperson for his campaign, insisted on Fox News Saturday on his willingness to speak “directly to Americans, without the filter of the media.” “The president wants to go on the ground,” he said.