President Donald Trump will visit Eastern North Carolina on Thursday, less than two weeks after he was hospitalized with COVID-19.
Trump’s campaign announced that he will visit Greenville, hosting a rally at Pitt-Greenville Airport beginning at 1 p.m.
The campaign said all attendees will receive a temperature check and be given masks, which they will be told to wear. Hand sanitizer will also be available. Announcements for previous Trump campaign events, such as his Sept. 8 visit to Winston-Salem, did not describe those precautions.
Trump’s visit to Greenville will be at least his sixth to North Carolina this campaign season, although not all of those were for campaign events. Trump’s children and family members have also made frequent trips to the state, which is seen as playing a pivotal role in the Electoral College.
During a Fayetteville visit last month, Trump said he was going to nominate a woman to the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the night before by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That foreshadowed Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, a U.S. Appeals Court judge, to the seat. Barrett’s confirmation hearings will start Monday.
By contrast, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has visited North Carolina one time since receiving his party’s nomination. Biden visited Charlotte last month, saying a Biden administration would represent a chance to combat systemic racism.
Jill Biden, the nominee’s wife, visited Greenville and Fayetteville last week.
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