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Trump's Diagnosis Rocks Final Stage Of Presidential Campaign

In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, from l-r., first lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president tweeted early Friday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, from l-r., first lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president tweeted early Friday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

An election year already defined by a cascade of national crises descended further into chaos Friday with President Donald Trump declaring that hes tested positive for the coronavirus after consistently playing down the threat.

An election year already defined by a cascade of national crises descended further into chaos Friday with President Donald Trump declaring that hes tested positive for the coronavirus after consistently playing down the threat.

No one knows exactly what comes next.

At the least, the development settles the focus of the campaign right where Democratic nominee Joe Biden has put his emphasis for months: on Trump’s response to a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the U.S. And for the short term, its grounded Trump in a quarantine, denying him the large public rallies that fuel his campaign.

From now until we get to the election, attention is going to be back where it should be: on COVID, the presidents response and the impact and on health care, said Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright, a Biden supporter. This proves our candidate was right all along.

Trump tweeted Friday that he’d begin quarantining and recovery. Hes cancelled his weekend itinerary in Wisconsin, one of the three Great Lakes states that he won by less than 1 percentage point in 2016 on his way to the presidency.

Americans have already begun voting in several states, meanwhile, and tens of millions will receive absentee mail-in ballots or be eligible for in-person early voting in the coming weeks.

Bidens campaign has not publicly confirmed the timing or results of the former vice presidents latest COVID-19 test. Biden was scheduled to travel to Michigan on Friday. Bidens running mate, Kamala Harris, was slated for a trip to Las Vegas. It was unclear whether those plans might shift given the president’s diagnosis.

The Democratic nominee has been much more cautious in his travel itinerary than Trump, with fewer public events and all of them following social distancing guidelines. Only Thursday did Bidens campaign announce that it would resume door-to-door canvassing in addition to its phone and digital outreach to voters. Now Trump has to adjust after declaring many times that the virus would disappear. The president has repeatedly ridiculed Biden for his approach. Throughout the spring and summer, he said Biden was hiding in his basement. At the rivals first debate Tuesday, Trump renewed his mockery over Biden wearing a mask.

I put a mask on when I think I need it, Trump said. I dont wear masks like him. Every time you see him hes got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask Ive ever seen.

Biden laughed in response. Makes a big difference in preventing COVID-19 spread, Biden said, adding that no serious person argues otherwise.

Trump and Biden did not shake hands during the debate but stood without masks about 10 feet (3 meters) apart for the 90-minute event.

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