COVID-19: US Prez Trump Says Will Resume Travelling Next Week

Trump said he’ll resume flying around the country next week and looks forward to holding “wild” campaign rallies.

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US President Donald Trump said Wednesday, 29 April, he'll resume flying within the country from next week and is looking forward to holding "wild" campaign rallies as soon as he can.

Trump told reporters in the White House that he is "going to Arizona next week and we look forward to that." He also added that he is also going to visit Ohio “very soon”, a key swing state.

This will be his first cross-country trip since the coronavirus pandemic brought life in many areas of the United States to a standstill. However, Trump said that the Arizona trip would be focused on economic recovery efforts and would not be a campaign rally “because it's too soon for crowded events in stadiums”.

But the Republican – facing a tight re-election battle against Democratic challenger Joe Biden and burdened by dire approval ratings – made clear he wants to get back to his once frequent rallies as soon as possible.

"Hopefully in the not too distant future we'll have some massive rallies and people will be sitting next to each other. "I can't imagine a rally where you have every fourth seat full.... That wouldn't look too good," he said.

"I hope that we're going to be able to do some good old-fashioned 25,000 person rallies where everyone's going wild because they love our country," he said.

At a meeting with industry leaders, Trump sounded an upbeat message, insisting that the US economy will quickly bounce back from the staggering costs of the shutdown required to stop the spreading novel coronavirus.

Despite some experts' warnings that widespread social distancing will have to remain in effect until a vaccine is made, Trump predicted that the danger would fade by itself and said that the United States was equipped to extinguish any "embers." "We're looking for vaccines, we're looking for therapeutics also," he said. "I'm not relying on that (vaccines), I hope that's going to happen. I want to get back (to a full economy) with or without (a vaccine), but obviously we have to wait till it's gone. It will be gone," he said.

Asked how the virus would be eradicated without a vaccine, which is not expected to be available soon, Trump responded: “It’s going to go. It’s going to leave, it’s going to be gone, it’s going to be eradicated.”

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