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

The reelection campaign for President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short 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 TrumpJill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting Jill Biden wears 'LOVE' jacket 'to bring unity' to meeting with Boris Johnson White House gets back to pre-COVID-19 normality 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.”

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“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 adds veteran organizer to help run political operations: report Trump likely to form new super PAC Trump ready to make McConnell's life miserable MORE, who also tested positive for the virus on Friday, said in the press release. 

Stepien continued, “Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceHow to investigate Jan. 6 (and other politicized issues) without a commission On The Money: Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal, warn of time crunch Pence buys .9M home in Indiana 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.”

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Members of the First Family, including Donald J. Trump, Jr., Eric TrumpEric TrumpFlorida city bans gambling amid prospects of Trump-owned casino Lara Trump on Senate bid: 'No for now, not no forever' Lara Trump disputes report that father-in-law is discussing reinstalment MORE and Lara TrumpLara TrumpLara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' Clear signs Trump intends to run in 2024 Lara Trump lost her best opportunity — if she ever really wanted it 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 MeadowsBiden's no-drama White House chief Ex-Trump aide Meadows pushed DOJ to probe multiple election theories: report Trump working with Gingrich on policy agenda: report 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.”