The rally is scheduled to take place at Portsmouth International Airport at 8 p.m. ET and “there will be plenty of access to hand sanitizers and all participants will be provided with a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear,” the campaign said in a press release.
The event will take place on a hangar at Portsmouth International Airport, according to a CNN campaign source. Some of the crowd will be inside the shed and, depending on the size of the crowd, it will overflow on the outer asphalt, the source said.
“We look forward to seeing many patriots who love freedom come to the rally and celebrate America, the largest country in the history of the world,” said Trump’s press secretary, Jogan Gidley, in a statement.
Retired Tax. General Don Bolduc, a Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate in the state, told CNN on Sunday afternoon that he intends to attend the Trump event while socially distancing himself and “taking appropriate security precautions with everyone else there.”
“We still have to make our economy move forward and the leaders come out and take the risk, and if you’re going to be the leader you have to take the risk,” he told the president. “And you have to get your message out there, and you have to gather the country and move on.”
However, New Hampshire Democratic Party leader Ray Bakley said in a statement on Sunday, “Trump is flying for a political rally that will only highlight the chaos he has caused.
“Trump’s response to the COVID-19 crisis was chaotic and unpleasant enough, leaving thousands of Staters granites infected with the virus and hundreds of lives lost, causing significant damage to our state’s economy,” Buckley said.
In the end, fewer than 6,200 people watched the rally, which was meant to mark Trump’s return to the campaign trail. The low turnout was blamed on the strong reaction of the media and “radical protesters” to the convening of such a large crowd during the pandemic.
Trump has long seen rallies as a way out where he can connect with his supporters in such a way that it cannot be when he is in Washington, DC, and has blamed bad poll numbers for his absence from the campaign trail.
However, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, who was an adviser to the White House medical team under President George W. Bush, said Thursday afternoon that Trump was “clearly flirting with disaster” by rallying and watching events without wearing a mask.
Reiner said that because of the age and weight of the President, “he is almost 20% more likely to die if he is infected with the virus.”
ADDRESS: The title and story have been updated to reflect the rally will take place on an aircraft hangar with a lot of overflow outside.
CNN’s Jeremy Diamond contributed to this report.