President Donald Trump has been the biggest proponent of reopening the nation and getting life back to normal.
That is why it should be no surprise that he is going to set the example by leaving Washington, D.C. on a trip to Arizona next week.
“I think I’m going to Arizona next week, and we look forward to that,” he said to reporters during a roundtable with business leaders.
“And I’m going to, I hope, Ohio very soon,” he said.
The president did do some limited travel in April, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which included only a trip to Virginia in bis March to see a Naval ship that was headed to New York to help.
Other than that one trip the president has been staying at the White House in D.C. and following social distancing guidelines like the rest of us, The Hill reported.
He has claimed at recent press briefings that he’s been cooped up in the White House for “months,” though he held a campaign rally on March 2 and spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida over the weekend of March 6.
Trump has been eager to get back on the road even as the number of cases in the U.S. tops 1 million, and the White House has in recent days looked at ways to accommodate that. Vice President Pence has resumed traveling in the past week, visiting a manufacturing site in Wisconsin and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
The president’s expected trips to Arizona and Ohio would double as a photo op beneficial to his reelection prospects. Arizona in particular is a key swing state heading into November, with Sen. Martha McSally (R) also facing a difficult reelection bid there.
The logistics surrounding Trump’s trip next week are likely to be different from his usual travels, where he is typically greeted by throngs of supporters and joined by numerous aides and lawmakers.
Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is set to decide this week on precisely how and when he will begin to remove the restrictions in his state.
On Wednesday the president said he believes he will be able to hold campaign rallies in packed arenas again before the presidential election in November.
“And we’re going to start to move around, and hopefully in the not too distant future we’ll have some massive rallies and people will be sitting next to each other,” the president said.
“I hope we’re going to be able to do some good old-fashioned 25,000-person rallies where everyone is going wild because they love our country,” he said.
As the month of May started many of the states that have been on lockdown have begun to reopen or take steps to reopen, USA Today reported.
“Ohio’s loosening of stay-at-home orders Friday represents Gov. Mike DeWine’s cautious approach, starting with an easing of rules for hospitals, dentists and veterinarians, followed Monday with the opening of construction and manufacturing. Retail and customer service shops will remain shuttered until May 12,” it said.
“Meanwhile, to usher in the first of May, more than a dozen states – like Louisiana and Colorado – have allowed restaurants, stores or some other business to reopen, but under tight restrictions to keep people apart,” it said.
And President Trump is setting the example.