An already chaotic presidential campaign was thrown into even more confusing and volatile territory by Trump’s positive coronavirus test and hospitalization Friday, leaving the final month of the race unpredictable and the remaining debates in a state of uncertainty.
Trump, a president who thrives on rallies to energize supporters and communicate his unorthodox message, has been forced off the campaign trail for an unknown stretch. And as a candidate whose strategy centers on downplaying the disease, contracting it himself presents a daunting challenge.
Democrat Joe Biden faces his own delicate balance, as he pushes ahead with his campaign and continues in-person appearances while seeking to avoid appearing insensitive to the president’s condition. The Biden campaign is suspending its negative advertising aimed at Trump, according to a campaign official with knowledge of the move who was not authorized to discuss it publicly.