Trump 'plans barnstorming return at next Biden debate in nine days as Covid battle will help him WIN election’

Trump 'plans barnstorming return at next Biden debate in nine days as Covid battle will help him WIN election’

October 6, 2020

DONALD Trump wants to take on Joe Biden in another debate in NINE days and hopes his coronavirus battle will help him win the election, according to his campaign.

The president’s communications director says he plans on locking horns with his Democratic opponent despite his Covid-19 diagnosis last week.

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Tim Murtaugh told CNN: “It’s the President’s intention to debate.” 

The president assured supporters he will be back campaigning before he was discharged from hospital Walter Reed Mesical Center, where he was receiving treatment for coronavirus. 

In a tweet, he said: “Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!!”.

His campaign has launched a fresh strategy to  help beat his Democratic rival in the polls, acknowledging that Trump now has an edge over Biden – an experience with the deadly virus. 

The campaign’s press communications director Erin Perrine said: “He has experience as commander-in-chief, he has experience as a businessman, he has experience – now – of fighting the coronavirus as an individual.”

She added that Joe Biden does not have “those firsthand experiences”. 

This comes after other members of the campaign tested positive for the virus including its manager Bill Stepien and adviser Jason Miller. 

A new poll has suggested that Trump has enjoyed a surge in popularity after he was admitted to the hospital.

The John Zogby Strategies/EMI Research Solutions survey shows Biden is ahead of Trump by only two points, suggesting that Trump is closing the gap between ahead of the elections.

The campaign has now launched Operation Maga – a rigorous strategy which will see it hold events online ahead of the next presidential debate. 

The setting for the next debate is a town hall in Miami, Florida, where the opponents will take questions from residents of the area. 

The two candidates will be hoping to turn in a better performance after critics slammed their chaotic showing at the first debate. 

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to face Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris on Wednesday for the vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City. 

Although the president plans on joining the campaign trail, his doctors did not give a definite answer whether he will be medically fit to travel. 

When reporters probed about the president travelling, his physician Dr Sean Conley said: “As far as travel goes, we’ll see.”

In a video released by his campaign, Trump suggested that contracting coronavirus was something he had to do.

He said: "As your leader, I had to do that".

Meanwhile when reporters asked Joe Biden about the president, the former vice president said: "Anybody who contracts the virus by essentially saying masks don’t matter, social distancing doesn’t matter, I think, is responsible for what happens to them.

"What is this macho thing, I'm not going to wear a mask? What's the deal here? Big deal, does it hurt you? Be patriotic for God's sake! Take careful of yourself, but take care of your neighbors"

This came after Trump was seen taking off his mask before entering the White House after his hospital treatment for coronavirus.



 

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