A day after US President Donald Trump’s doctor affirmed he was no longer a transmission risk for the coronavirus, the President declared himself immune from the coronavirus.
As he prepares to return to the election campaign trail and fight to regain ground against rival Joe Biden, Trump said in a Fox News interview on Sunday, “It looks like I’m immune for, I don’t know, maybe a long time and maybe a short time, it could be a lifetime, nobody really knows, but I’m immune.”
“I have to tell you, I feel fantastic. I really feel good. And I even feel good by the fact that, you know, the word immunity means something — having really a protective glow means something. I think it’s very important to have that, to have that is a very important thing I beat this crazy horrible China virus,” he said during the interview.
“You have a president who is immune… so now you have a president who doesn’t have to hide in a basement like his opponent,” he added — in a jab at the Democrat Biden and his far more cautious approach to campaigning in the pandemic.
The coronavirus has killed more than 210,000 Americans since February.
During his phone interview on Sunday, Trump also suggested that his White House rival could himself be sick. “If you look at Joe, he was coughing yesterday horribly and grabbing his mask, as he’s coughing And I don’t know what that was all about, and it didn’t get much press,” he said.
The Biden campaign has been publishing daily coronavirus tests for their candidate since Trump tested positive on October 1 — landing him in hospital for three nights and derailing his campaign. There has been less transparency surrounding Trump’s own state of health, with his medical team repeatedly refusing to say when he last tested negative for the virus. This has fuelled suspicions that he may not have been tested for several days prior to his diagnosis.
Trump rallied hundreds of supporters for a comeback event at the White House on Saturday, and is planning back-to-back rallies this week in a bit to salvage his struggling campaign three weeks from the November 3 election. The US President is slated to make his first public appearance on the campaign trail since that diagnosis at a rally in Florida on Monday. He also plans to hold evening rallies in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday and in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday. The Election Day is November 3, just over three weeks away.
(With inputs from agencies)