President Donald Trump's campaign seeks to start the final round with another rallying cry and a token of strength before election day, even as his candidate and manager battle COVID.
And Trump is ready to join them.
"We'll be back on the campaign trail soon !!!" he tweeted just before leaving Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday.
As President Trump was preparing to check out of the hospital, his campaign announced the new Operation MAGA, arguing that Trump's coronavirus diagnosis gave him something Democratic rival Joe Biden didn't have – experience with the virus.
"He has experience as a commander in chief, he has experience as a businessman, he has experience – now – in the fight against the coronavirus as an individual," Erin Perrine, press communications director for the Trump campaign, told Fox News on Monday afternoon.
“He's not had that firsthand experience, Joe Biden,” she said.
With President Donald Trump campaigning against COVID, the campaign is testing new strategies for the past six weeks
The Trump campaign argues that the president who was bought with the disease gave him experience dealing with it that Joe Biden does not have
"He now has experience fighting the coronavirus as an individual," said Erin Perrine, president of Fox News' Trump campaign spokeswoman. "That firsthand experience, Joe Biden, he's not."
The Trump campaign was in turmoil when its candidate and then its campaign manager Bill Stepien tested positive for coronavirus last week. Assistant Campaign Manager Justin Clark temporarily oversees the headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
With its greatest strength – President Trump – out of service and a poll by NBC News / Wall Street Journal showing the president is 14 points behind Biden, the campaign is adjusting course with a new strategy.
Trump's campaign advisor Jason Miller also tested the new campaign theme on Sunday – How the President personally defeated COVID.
“We will defeat this virus. President Trump will personally defeat it, "he told ABCs" This week. "" As a nation, we will defeat them and get life back to normal. Get this vaccine. "
It's not just the president. The adult children in his family, popular proxies among Trump believers, traveled with the President of Air Force One to Cleveland for the first presidential debate and pushed them out of the way during quarantine.
The campaign shifts its focus online. Operation MAGA will kick off Monday evening with a virtual event featuring Vice President Mike Pence, Donald Trump Jr., Lara Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Pence will take the lead on the streets too.
He traveled to Salt Lake City on Monday evening to attend the vice presidential debate on Wednesday evening. From there he will go on the campaign on Thursday with stops in Arizona, on Friday in Indiana and on Saturday in Florida.
Vice President Mike Pence – along with second lady Karen Pence, who is responsible for the Vice Presidential Debate – will be on the campaign by the end of the week
Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller said Trump is ready to get back on track
And Trump may be in the hospital, but it hasn't stopped him from campaigning for re-election. He sent a series of tweets – many in all caps – on Monday morning encouraging supporters to vote. And he delivered one last message about the virus that has put him off concept: “Don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life, ”he tweeted along with the announcement to leave the hospital.
In addition, his campaign said the president would be in Miami for the next presidential debate on October 15.
As President Trump prepares to leave the hospital today, his campaign tells me that he plans to attend the next presidential debate on October 15th.
"Yes," said Tim Murtaugh, campaign communications director, to CNN. "It is the President's intention to debate."
And Miller said Sunday the president was ready to return to campaign.
"When President Trump … is back on the battlefield, it will be a sling that will bring us forward," he said on ABC.
The president's medical team sounded more cautious, however.
"As for the trip, we'll see," said Dr. Sean Conley, the president's doctor, told reporters in a meeting Monday hours before the president left the hospital.