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Trump's White House Press Conferences Have Look, Feel of Campaign Rallies

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President Donald Trump speaks during an event on regulatory reform on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By    |   Saturday, 18 July 2020 11:47 AM

President Donald Trump’s press conferences at the White House this week on China, rolling back federal regulations, and a roundtable discussion on the positive impact of law enforcement had the look and feel of campaign rallies, reports USA Today.

“Never before has a president arrived in the Rose Garden with a blow torch,” former Barack Obama adviser David Axelrod told Politico earlier this week. “Presidents may make announcements from the Rose Garden, they may make even oblique references to opposition, but no president has walked into the Rose Garden and basically delivered a one-hour excoriation about their opponent.”

During his announcement on a Hong Kong sanctions bill Tuesday, Trump hit Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on the swine flu, immigration, the death penalty, his son, Hunter Biden, and carbon neutrality.  

“We want strong closed borders with people able to come in through merit through a legal process,” he said. “They don’t want to have any borders at all. They’re going to rip down the wall. It was hard to get that built. And now it’s almost completed, it will be completed by a little after the end of the year.”

During a press conference on rolling back federal regulations, Trump said Biden would suffocate the U.S. economy if he were elected.

“Our entire economy and our very way of life are threatened by Biden’s plans to transform our nation and subjugate our communities through the blunt-force instrument of federal regulation at a level that you haven’t even seen yet. You think that was bad? You haven’t even seen it yet. They want to go many times what they put you under in the past,” he said.

The event featured two Chevy pickup trucks and a crane that read, “Trump administration.” One of the trucks was filled with mock anvil-like weights representing the burden of federal regulations. The crane was lifting weights off the bed of the other truck.

Just three months shy of the 2020 Election, Trump’s presidential campaign looks dramatically different from his successful 2016 efforts that featured hundreds of rallies across the U.S. as the country continues to grapple with spikes in COVID-19 infections amid the pandemic.

Last week he demoted campaign manager Brad Parscale following an underwhelming rally in Tulsa, Okla., in June, and has shifted to turning White House functions into political events, especially during the coronavirus pandemic that has limited his Democratic opponent Joe Biden to largely campaigning from his home via the internet.

“Even after six straight months of catastrophically mismanaging the worst public health crisis in over 100 years, costing almost 140,000 Americans their lives and tens of millions their jobs, Donald Trump still has no strategy to pull us out of this tailspin as the U.S. leads the world in infections,” Bates said. “Instead, he's forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for unstable rants about Joe Biden, who this self-described consummate dealmaker has apparently given unlimited mental real estate."

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