Melania Trump is canceling her first campaign appearance in months because she is not feeling well as she continues to recover from Covid-19.
She had been set to join President Donald Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, but she has decided not to go.
“Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recovery from Covid-19, but with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today,” said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s chief of staff.
Trump in an essay earlier last week said her symptoms of Covid-19, “hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster.” She described having body aches, a cough, headaches and feeling extreme fatigue.
At the president’s rally Saturday in Muskegon, Mich., after he demanded that Whitmer loosen her state’s coronavirus-related restrictions, attendees erupted into chants of “lock her up.”
The president did not attempt to dissuade the crowd, instead saying: “Lock them all up.”
Lara Trump sought to justify the calls from the president and his supporters Sunday, saying that “people are very frustrated” with Whitmer in Michigan and that “you’re hearing people’s frustration play out there at the Trump rally.”
She also said the president’s attack on Whitmer “has nothing to do with” her attempted kidnapping, and noted that “it was the president’s Department of Justice that actually thwarted” the plot against the governor.
Whitmer responded to Trump’s rally remarks in a tweet Saturday evening, writing that his rhetoric “has put me, my family, and other government officials’ lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It needs to stop.”
The president has repeatedly assailed Whitmer’s handling of the coronavirus throughout the pandemic, even encouraging his supporters to “LIBERATE” Michigan in April.
President Trump will emerge from his Covid-forced isolation Saturday for a speech from a White House balcony, allowing the public their first independent glimpse in days of a leader recovering from coronavirus.
Hundreds of guests have been invited to the White House for the event, despite concerns about a late September ceremony in the Rose Garden that may have acted as the nexus for a viral outbreak that has ripped through Trump’s staff.
“I’m not gonna waste my time in a virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about — you sit behind the computer and do a debate, ridiculous. And then they cut you off whenever they want,” Trump said.
Pressed again on why he would not disclose when Trump last tested negative, Conley smiled, saying “everyone wants that.”
Asked if chest scans showed any inflammation in Trump’s lungs, a common effect of moderate or severe cases of COVID-19, Conley cited HIPAA laws that protect patient privacy. “We’ve done routine standard imaging. I’m just not at liberty to discuss,” he said.
Asked if the president’s blood work had turned up any abnormal results, Conley again cited the privacy law, saying it “precludes me from going into too much depth.”
Asked about the regiment of therapeutics doctors administered in recent days, which included an experimental antibody cocktail, the antiviral drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone, Conley would not divulge the decisionmaking process. “There are dozens of therapies that we were made aware of, that we considered, that we discussed and debated and looked at the existing literature on,” he said. “And this is the regimen we chose.”
Conley also would not give much information on how Trump would remain safely quarantined upon return to the White House, where he will be exposing support staff to the virus. “I wish I could go into that more, but I just can’t,” he said.
We’d REALLY like to tell you, but we have to wait, you know, until the audit is done.