President Donald Trump has held in-person rallies across the country, but changes to his campaign style are coming in the final weeks before the election because of his positive coronavirus test.
In a statement issued Friday afternoon, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien announced that campaign events involving the president or first lady are being moved to a virtual setting or have been postponed.
“All previously announced campaign events involving the President’s participation are in the process of being moved to virtual events or are being temporarily postponed. In addition, previously announced events involving members of the First Family are also being temporarily postponed. All other campaign events will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we will make any relevant announcements in the days ahead," Stepien said.
Stepien also announced that Vice President Mike Pence will continue campaigning as normal.
"Vice President Mike Pence, who has tested negative for COVID-19, plans on resuming his scheduled campaign events. Any further information about the president will come from the White House," Stepien said.
Earlier in the day, Trump canceled plans to attend a fundraiser and to fly to Florida for a rally on Friday, but he did keep on his schedule a previously planned midday telephone call “on COVID-19 support to vulnerable seniors.”
Trump's White House doctor has issued a statement saying the president will continue carrying out his duties “without disruption” after contracting the coronavirus.
Dr. Sean Conley, the physician to the president, says the president and First Lady Melania Trump “are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”
Political analyst Scott Spradling said the president's biggest asset on the campaign trail is being in front of people. That will change, at least for the next couple weeks while he quarantines, given the president's diagnosis.
"I think this has the potential to cripple the campaign conversation. Because Donald Trump's success has been built around his accessibility to crowds, his ability to travel to battleground states, his ability to connect directly with people. He could still use technology if he doesn't get sick. But this could completely change his campaign,” Spradling said.
Spradling said another X factor to consider is the deadline for the president's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The COVID-19 diagnosis could impact the health of U.S. Senators or Barrett herself and could delay her confirmation process.