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Trump eyes Florida rally on Saturday, leaving quarantine behind

The president told Sean Hannity he hopes to get back on the campaign trail as soon as this weekend.
In this Oct. 5 photo, President Donald Trump holds his mask after removing it from his face as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House in Washington from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He announced he tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 2.
In this Oct. 5 photo, President Donald Trump holds his mask after removing it from his face as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House in Washington from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He announced he tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 2. [ ALEX BRANDON | AP ]
Published Oct. 9, 2020
Updated Oct. 9, 2020

In what could be a violation of his own administration public health protocols, President Donald Trump is eyeing a return to the campaign trail as soon as Saturday — and he’s talking about Florida.

“I think I’m going to try doing a rally on Saturday night if we have enough time to put it together,” Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity during his Thursday night program. "But we want to do a rally in Florida, probably in Florida, on Saturday night.

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Trump announced he tested positive for coronavirus early last Friday and he spent the weekend at Walter Reed Medical Center. Though he was released after he received an aggressive round of treatment, Trump would not be free of the virus or fully recovered by Saturday, health experts say. His doctor told reporters last weekend that they wouldn’t know the extent of his illness until seven to 10 days into the infection, which are upcoming.

Trump would also likely still be contagious while making a public appearance, putting him at odds with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for people who contract COVID-19. The agency recommends people isolate at home “until it’s safe for them to be around others" which is 10 days after symptoms first appeared.

People who are hospitalized, like Trump was, may need to isolate longer.

Trump could be heard coughing and clearing his throat while talking to Hannity.

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