Trump Campaign Pledges ‘Full Speed’ Ahead As Coronavirus Diagnosis Upends Already Chaotic Presidential Race

President Trump’s campaign pledged to keep operating at “full speed” on Saturday despite his coronavirus diagnosis — a stunning turn of events that has sidelined the incumbent in the home stretch of his re-election campaign and cast uncertainty over his electoral prospects.

Trump vowed to return to the campaign trail Saturday evening in a video address from Walter Reed military hospital, where he decamped to Friday to seek treatment for COVID-19, hours after his campaign said it would deploy top surrogates to key battleground states as a stopgap until the president can return to rallies that have long been his lifeblood.

“I have to be back, because we still have to make America great again,” Trump said in the video. “I’ll be back. I think I’ll be back soon. And I look forward to finishing up the campaign the way it was started and the way we’ve been doing it.”

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said it’s “full steam ahead” for the campaign with the goal of making the debates scheduled for Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 that are now shrouded in uncertainty.

And he said the effects of Trump being temporarily off the trail could be negligible as the president resumes calling into radio and television shows and the campaign leans into its ground game.

“In the short run, this hurts because Biden can talk about the virus,” O’Connell said. But depending on the swiftness of Trump’s recovery, “he may be able to have the upper hand, because everyone hasn’t voted yet.”

Read more from Lisa Kashinsky at the Boston Herald

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