Trump back on campaign trail in Florida

Trump back on campaign trail in Florida
President Trump threw facemarks to the crowd - few of whom were wearing one. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: President Trump has returned to the campaign trail less than two weeks after testing positive for Covid-19.

Thousands of his supporters gathered at an outdoor rally in Sanford, Florida, where the US President made the first of four planned campaign stops over the next four days in battleground states.

Mr Trump and his rival for the upcoming election Joe Biden are scrambling to secure votes with three weeks until the 3 November election.

Mr Biden spoke in Ohio on Monday. The state is a swing state.

Polling suggests Mr Biden has a 10-point lead nationally over Mr Trump. However, the former Vice President’s lead in some key states is narrower. For example, in Florida, where he is 3.7 points ahead, an average of polls collated by Real Clear Politics shows.

Battlegrounds like the “Sunshine State” are very important for gathering the 270 electoral college votes needed to seal the White House, which is not determined by a simple popular ballot count.

President Trump tested positive for Covid-19 11 days ago, and received treatment from Walter Reed Medical Center a day later.

But his personal doctor said on Sunday that he was no longer a Covid transmission risk to others and disclosed a day later that his most recent tests were negative over consecutive days, although he did not give the dates.

In his first stump appearance in the campaign trail after his Covid-19 diagnosis and recovery, a re-invigorated Trump returned to his campaign’s familiar themes and lines of attack against Mr Biden. He touted the establishment of the US Space Force, stock market growth and his successful confirmation of two conservative Supreme Court justices to the bench – with a third nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate this week – as major achievements.

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