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Trump Plans White House Event, Florida Rally in Return to Trail

  • Events are first in-person appearances since hospitalization
  • White House gathering set for Saturday, Florida rally Monday
A Marine and members of the U.S. Secret Service wear protective masks outside of the West Wing of the White House on Oct. 8. 

A Marine and members of the U.S. Secret Service wear protective masks outside of the West Wing of the White House on Oct. 8. 

Photographer: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg

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President Donald Trump will hold an in-person event at the White House on Saturday and a rally two days later in Florida, hosting his first public events since being hospitalized with Covid-19 and bucking criticism that the gatherings threaten to spread the virus further.

The South Lawn event on Saturday is expected to include a couple hundred guests, a person familiar with the matter said. The president will address the crowd from a distance, on the Blue Room balcony. On Monday, he plans to travel to Sanford, Florida, to address supporters, his campaign said in a statement.