President-elect Donald Trump will be heading out on a "victory tour" to the states he won in the US election, a campaign aide said on Thursday (17 November). Trump has indicated that he wants to continue holding the rallies that typified his campaign throughout his presidency.
"We're working on a victory tour now; it will happen in the next couple of weeks," revealed George Gigicos, the campaign's advance team director, to pool reporters. Gigicos added the tour will have Trump travelling "obviously to the states that we won and the swing states we flipped over."
According to Politico, Trump carried 30 states in his surprise win over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Kellyanne Conway, Trump's former campaign manager, reportedly corrected Gigicos over what the tour would be called. When asked about the triumphant tour plans, Conway responded: "... 'Thank you tour'. It's not a 'victory tour.'" CNN stated she then added "Thank America tour".
Trump's aides previously said the president-elect had expressed a personal interest in maintaining the rallies. According to The New York Times, Trump likes "the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide."
Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media, a conservative website, added: "I think Trump has discovered that rallies are tremendous opportunities for him to get his message out. It's actually sort of old-fashioned, that you want to actually meet people and press the flesh with him."
Trump's victory tour — or Thank America tour — is set to begin after Thanksgiving (24 November).