Trump campaign launches 'Operation MAGA' while president recovers from COVID-19

The reelection campaign for President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE on Saturday announced it was launching “Operation MAGA,” a series of in-person and virtual campaign events to be held throughout the final month before Election Day. 

The announcement comes as Trump remains at Walter Reed Medical Center following the news early Friday that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Overnight Health Care: Senate to vote on .9 trillion relief bill this week | J&J vaccine rollout begins | CDC warns against lifting restrictions Trump has been vaccinated for coronavirus MORE had contracted COVID-19. 

In a press release, the campaign described “Operation MAGA,” as “a full marshaling of top-level surrogates, campaign coalitions, and Trump supporters to rally behind the President and carry the campaign forward until the President returns to the trail.”


“Operation MAGA will fire up the entire MAGA universe to keep President Trump’s campaign at full speed until our Commander-in-Chief returns to the campaign trail,” Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill StepienBill StepienTrump likely to form new super PAC Trump ready to make McConnell's life miserable State parties seek to punish anti-Trump Republicans MORE, who also tested positive for the virus on Friday, said in the press release. 

Stepien continued, “Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC Trump talking to allies about 2024 run without Pence: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington on high alert as QAnon theory marks March 4 MORE, the First Family, our coalitions, and our grassroots supporters will be out in full force to show the real enthusiasm behind the President’s re-election and to show we’re working as hard as he always does.”

“We also encourage all of the President’s supporters to pick up the banner themselves by volunteering in our grassroots Army for Trump, flying their Trump flags, putting out more yard signs, and wearing their MAGA gear proudly,” he added. 

According to the statement, “Operation MAGA” will include virtual events leading up to the vice presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

The campaign said that “in-person events will commence” following the debate, with Pence visiting “key swing states.”


Members of the First Family, including Donald J. Trump, Jr., Eric TrumpEric TrumpTrump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident Trump sends well wishes to Tiger Woods after crash Scottish lawmakers want to investigate Trump purchase of golf courses MORE and Lara TrumpLara TrumpWhy Congress must invoke the 14th Amendment now Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors Graham: Lara Trump is biggest winner of impeachment trial MORE are also expected to host a series of live events following the debate as well. 

The campaign said that upcoming events will also feature Trump’s various coalitions, including Women for Trump, Black Voices for Trump and Latinos for Trump. 

White House physician Sean Conley said in a press conference Saturday that the president was doing “very well” after being hospitalized. 

However, statements made Saturday afternoon, which the Associated Press and other outlets later attributed to White House Chief of Staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHow scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward MORE, indicated that the president’s vitals over the past 24 hours were “very concerning” and described the next 48 hours as “critical in terms of his care.”