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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Mr. Trump, Mr. Biden, Mr. Biden?

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Mr. Trump is scheduled to arrive at Dulles International Airport at 10:42 a.m. He is to spend 45 minutes greeting donors, touring a campaign office and speaking to local Republicans at 10:50.

Mr. Biden, beginning at 10:57, is to be at an event outside Richmond, Virginia, and into Richmond, where he will be greeted by local Democratic officeholders before returning to Dulles.

All three are set to hit similar spots in the evening to coincide with TV news coverage of their marathon appearances. While Mr. Trump begins with a relatively silent tailwind, Mr. Biden arrives with a definite boost from the success of his endorsement of Senator Jon Tester of Montana, the target of his condemnations in Tuesday’s debate. Mr. Biden’s inauspicious start, coming off the snide debate performance, was overshadowed by the giving of the Montanan’s obituary. (His planned farewell speech in December will probably take on greater importance if he wants a shot at a national job.)

For Mr. Trump, the event represents an opportunity to show strength that his White House is now fully operational. Mr. Trump ended the presidential campaign with a promise to hold “announcements,” saying he would try to hold a town hall event each weekend when events at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue stopped. Even before he moved into the White House, and even as he took to calling off events on a whim, he was delivering town halls and fielding questions from voters. Even if Mr. Trump sees this event as merely an abbreviated interview with his base, it will illustrate a strong interest that his supporters have for him in the long term — and a desire that he should work to solidify that support.

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