Trump standing on the Truman Balcony after returning to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center on Oct. 5. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump will hold a rally from the White House on Saturday followed by a campaign event in Sanford, Florida, on Monday, the president tweeted on Friday and White House officials confirmed.

Why it matters: These will be the president's first public events since he announced he had tested positive for COVID-19. Saturday's event will come just five days after Trump was discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center.

Context: White House physician Sean Conley said Thursday he believes Trump can return to public engagements this weekend.

The big picture: Despite the scheduled events, the White House has yet to answer open questions regarding the president's condition, such as when he last tested negative or whether he sustained lung damage from the virus.

  • The event on Saturday will take place on the White House South Lawn with Trump speaking from the Truman Balcony.
  • It will include conservative activist Candace Owens and the group “Blexit,” which seeks to convince black voters to join the Republican Party, ABC News first reported.

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