In an interview Thursday night in which he stopped several times to cough and catch his breath, President Donald Trump did not disclose whether he had been tested since being diagnosed with the coronavirus , but said he hoped to organize a campaign rally in Florida this Saturday night. .
Prior to Trump’s call with Fox News host Sean Hannity, the president’s doctor – who admitted to lying to the public about Trump’s health after his COVID-19 hospitalization – allowed Trump to return to public events next weekend.
“Overall, he responded extremely well to treatment, with no evidence on reviewing adverse therapeutic effects,” wrote Dr Sean Conley in a letter Thursday night. “Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnostic, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team is leading, I fully anticipate the President’s safe return to public engagements at that time.
After asking how the president and the first lady felt, Hannity referred to Conley’s letter, wondering aloud if Trump had yet been tested to see if he was COVID-free.
“Yeah, I just saw the doctors today,” the president said. “They think I’m in great shape.”
“Have you tested negative?” Hannity, a close confidante and advisor to the president, responded.
Instead of answering host Fox’s question, the president referred to the experimental antibody treatment from biotech company Regeneron he received while in hospital, saying “it’s phenomenal” and “Absolutely incredible”. The president then spoke of the holding of public gatherings this weekend.
“I think I’ll try to do a rally on Saturday night if we can, if we have enough time to set it up, but we want to do a rally in Florida, probably Florida on Saturday night, we could come back and do -in one in Pennsylvania the following night, ”Trump said. “I feel good!”
Hannity, to his credit, again tried to convince the president to respond definitively if he had been tested for the virus since his diagnosis, let alone tested negative.
“Well, what we’re doing is probably, the test will be tomorrow, and the actual test, because there is no reason to test all the time, but they found very little infection or virus , if applicable, “Trump replied. “I don’t know if they found any, I didn’t talk much with the doctors.
The President appeared to choke on a cough and gasp for a bit as he discussed the recent debate, even appearing to mute his phone for a few seconds. Later in the interview, the president’s voice became muffled and hoarse, and he cleared his throat and coughed several times.
Since last week, when the president first revealed he had the coronavirus, at least 34 people linked to the White House have tested positive for the virus. Despite the Trumpworld outbreak and the likelihood of at least one ‘super-widespread’ event, the White House declined to say when the president last tested negative before releasing his positive test result early last Friday .
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