COBB COUNTY, Ga. — As President Donald Trump quarantines with the coronavirus, Republican leaders from all over the country are gathering here in Georgia.
At least one speaker did not take the stage at the Faith and Freedom Coalition gathering because she has been in close contact with Trump.
“We know we are all praying for a speedy recovery,” Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn told the crowd at the Cobb Galleria by Zoom.
She was backstage as a precaution because she traveled on Air Force One with Trump this week.
It’s the topic on the minds of people gathered at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference.
“He’s no different than all of us, he’s another human being and I pray for him like I pray for the other people,” said attendee Russ Delozier.
But the overwhelming majority of the crowd at the event were not wearing masks and were not socially distancing in the main ballroom as some of the country’s top GOP leaders spoke.
Rep. Doug Collins says the President’s diagnosis brings home the seriousness of the virus.
“it just continues that we all need to be cautious. Look at it there was no greater help than around this president and he’s still testing positive,” Collins said.
We also caught up with his opponent for the senate, U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler.
She said the President’s diagnosis does not mean effort to re-open should slow down.
“Look we have to get this economy reopened. We have to figure out ways to go back about life safely. I’ve been on 23 Delta flights since May. There is a way to do this safely, but we just have to take the precautions,” Loeffler said.
Collins said he believes the President will be back out in public soon.
“I think he wants to get out on the campaign trail and get back out leading in public. That’s what we need in our country again,” Collins said.
Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order limits gatherings to 50 people unless a series of specific social distancing guidelines are followed.
The organizers of the conference say they are following those rules.
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