Former GOP chief: Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis might force him to abandon his favorite thing

Former GOP chief: Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis might force him to abandon his favorite thing
President Donald Trump departs the White House for Palm Beach, FL where he will be spending the Christmas holiday, Friday, December 22, 2017. Shutterstock/ Michael Candelori
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On Friday morning, October 2, millions of Americans — and people all over the world — woke up the following bombshell: President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Republican adviser Hope Hicks had all tested positive for COVID-19. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele discussed the possible implications for Trump's reelection campaign as well as the campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Steele, a Never Trump conservative, noted to hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that Trump and Biden have been running two very different campaigns. Trump has continued to emphasize in-person MAGA events despite the COVID-19 pandemic, while Biden has favored much more of a "tech" approach and held an abundance of online events. And Steele speculated that because Trump will have to be in quarantine for the next two weeks, his diagnosis might force him to prioritize "tech" activities and online events — not unlike Biden.

Trump's diagnosis, according to Steele, will test "the White House's ability to go tech" and "do what Biden has done."

Trump has repeatedly mocked Biden for his tech-minded campaign. But Steele observed, "The Biden campaign has been using that (tech approach) a bit more to their advantage."

According to Steele, the next two presidential Trump/Biden debates as well as the vice presidential debate are now up in the air. Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden's running mate, were scheduled to have a debate next week on October 7. But if Pence is in quarantine, the Pence/Harris debate will have to be an online-only event — assuming it isn't canceled.

"Do they even have these debates?," Steele told Scarborough and Brzezinski.

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