Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign will not scale back in the wake of both President Donald Trump and the First Lady testing positive for the coronavirus, since Biden the people in close proximity to him have tested negative.
Biden traveled to Michigan on Friday for a scheduled campaign stop and spoke about the economy in prepared remarks. He was onstage with Trump on Tuesday night for the first presidential debate, but the two were distanced apart from each other and did not shake hands or have direct contact.
“Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery,” Biden wrote on Twitter after news broke early Friday morning about the positive tests. “We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”
Both Trumps have reportedly had mild symptoms of the virus since testing positive. The president reportedly fell asleep on Air Force One after a rally Wednesday night and appeared lethargic on Thursday.
“What is there to scale back?”
What is there to scale back?” a longtime ally close to the campaign said when asked whether Biden would change his strategy, The Hill reported. “We’re already pretty scaled back as it is.”
The comment was meant to convey that Biden was already being as safe as possible before Trump tested positive for the virus, but also reflects the fact that Biden “put a lid” on his campaign in the morning hours–that means no events for the day–at least 10 times in September.
Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon sent an email to the campaign Friday to detail future plans. “Rest assured that our campaign staff, in consultation with health experts, have continued to take every precaution to protect Vice President Biden, Sen. Harris, their spouses and our staff,” Dillon wrote. “The health and safety of our team has been, and will remain, our number one priority.”
She also asked volunteers and staff not to post on social media about the outbreak and any campaign staff that might test positive for the virus.
“We will continue to do hard things”
The email ended with, “We will continue to do hard things.” And despite the antipathy I feel for almost every single one of Biden’s policies and the way he has lied about my president, I think that’s a great line for our country right now.
President Trump and Melania will also continue to do hard things–like go through and recover from the coronavirus, then encourage people to keep living their lives and continue to rebuild our national economy.
Like get another conservative Supreme Court justice confirmed and defeat Biden in the presidential election one month from tomorrow.
Like lead our country for four more years while the left bashes him and looks to take him out any way they can.