Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know on Monday morning

Trump campaign adviser says drive-by wasn’t a stunt; How the Atlanta Hawks are honoring MLK.

Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know on Monday morning

President Donald Trump paid a “surprise visit” to his supporters. Trump, who is being treated for COVID-19 at Walter Reed, tweeted a video Sunday night stating that he would pay a "surprise visit" to supporters who have gathered outside the hospital. He added, "I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the ‘let’s read the book’ school. And I get it. And I understand it. And it’s a very interesting thing." Soon after, he was spotted waving to supporters from an SUV. Reporters on pool duty at the hospital were not informed about Trump’s plan.

CNN anchor Ana Cabrera called Trump’s drive-by a “photo opp.” But Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller told her, "I don't think this was a stunt at all."  He added that Trump did the drive-by to show people he is “very gracious for the hospitality they have shown him.” Meanwhile, health officials say the drive-by was a dangerous political stunt.

The Atlanta Hawks’ new City Edition jerseys honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The team revealed its jerseys for next season on Sunday night and tweeted a video explaining the decision. Proceeds from the sale of the jerseys will go to support economic empowerment programs for communities of color in the Atlanta area. 

The CDC changed a report on COVID-19 and kids, following a Trump official’s request. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September altered the title of a scientific report on coronavirus and removed words such as "pediatric" from its text, after then-public affairs official Paul Alexander requested similar changes, according to Politico. The request came amid Trump's broader push to reopen schools.

Even Fleetwood Mac’s drummer is taking part in the “Dreams” TikTok challenge. TikTok star Nathan Apodaca inspired the challenge when he posted a video of himself skateboarding while drinking a bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice and listening to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” "@420doggface208 had it right. Dreams and Cranberry just hits different," Mick Fleetwood captioned his video on Sunday afternoon. The song tripled in sales and nearly doubled in streams due to Apodaca’s viral video.

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