Trump says he hopes to have large rallies before the presidential election

At a roundtable discussion with industry executives, President Trump said he hopes to hold political rallies before Election Day in November but can’t do it now because of the coronavirus.

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- And Mr. President, you said you were anxious to get out of the White House. Might we see some travel in the next week or so?

DONALD TRUMP: I think so. I think I'm going to Arizona next week. And we look forward to that. And I'm going to, I hope, Ohio very soon. 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. I can't imagine a rally where you have every fourth seat full, every six seats are empty for every one that you have full. That wouldn't look too good. No, I-- look-- I hope that 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, OK?

- When do you expect that to happen?

DONALD TRUMP: Well, I'm going to Arizona, and that's a little bit different. That's having to do with industry. Because it's too soon for, you know, for the big-- for the big everybody get together and stand next to each other crowds. But that'll be next week.

I don't know. It'll depend. It also depends on states. You know, you have different states. Some states are really in great shape now. And some states will be in great shape. But a lot of progress has been made. A lot of progress has been made. It's pretty incredible.

- Mr. President, do you expect to be able to hold rallies before the election? Do you think--

DONALD TRUMP: I hope so. I hope so. Look, we have a tremendous pent-up demand. They love what we're doing.