Jason Miller: Trump campaign adviser says rally protocols won’t change after president’s coronavirus diagnosis

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Senior campaign adviser Jason Miller, pressed by CNN’s Ana Cabrera on the safety of Trump’s campaign rallies, which widely flaunted public health best practices, said the campaign would take participants’ temperatures while providing face masks and hand sanitizer – the same steps that were in place before Trump’s diagnosis.

“You know what, it’s been a very safe and responsible thing to do,” Miller said. “This is what we have been doing from the start. ”

His comments, coupled with Trump’s Sunday photoshoot in which he left the hospital with his security service so he could get into a passing SUV, raise more questions about the president and his campaign understanding the severity of a highly contagious and fatal disease. .

This, even as Trump’s medics earlier Sunday provided details of the president’s condition to reporters, including several alarming drops in his oxygen levels.

The president has experienced “two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen saturation,” said Trump’s doctor, the naval commander. Said Dr Sean Conley.

The first significant episode occurred on Friday morning when, Conley said, the president had “a high fever and his oxygen saturation was transiently falling below 94%.”

The president was given oxygen at that time, Conley said, responding to a question he had ducked during his Saturday briefing.

Yet Miller’s comments underscore the importance Republicans believe rallies play in Trump’s White House bid.

The Trump campaign and the White House suspended in-person rallies for months during the pandemic, but as the president’s poll numbers lagged behind, the rallies were put back on Trump’s schedule.

Earlier on Sunday, Miller even claimed that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was using face masks as an “accessory.”

“I would say as far as Joe Biden is concerned, I think too often he has used the mask as a prop,” Miller told George Stephanopoulos on ABC. “(Wearing a) mask is very important, but even if it is – he could be 20, 30 feet from the closest person and still have the mask. “

CNN’s Maeve Reston, Dan Merica, Ryan Nobles and Donald Judd contributed to this report.

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