|President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (Photo by=AP Photo/Alex Brandon)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] President Donald Trump plans to intensify an already breakneck travel schedule in the last full week of the presidential campaign, overlooking a surge of coronavirus cases in the United States and a fresh outbreak in his own White House.
Trump is expected to hit nearly a dozen states in his final effort to recover ground from Democrat Joe Biden, including Sunday’s (Oct 25) trip to Maine and Tuesday’s to Nebraska. Both states award electoral votes by congressional districts and could be crucial in a tight election. He will hold 11 rallies in the final 48 hours alone. Trump is eager for voters to focus on almost anything else, worried that he will lose if the election becomes a referendum on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden, too, plans to pick up his travel schedule, aiming to hit the six battleground states the campaign sees as key to his chances, some with socially distanced in-person events and others with virtual events. The final week of the campaign is colliding with deepening concerns about a public health crisis in the US. Meanwhile, the White House is affected by a second outbreak of the virus in a month. Several close aides to Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for the virus, including his chief of staff, Marc Short.