United States President Donald Trump has said that he’s immune to COVID-19 in an interview, but it’s still unclear whether he has actually tested negative for the virus. With the US Presidential elections less than a month away, Joe Biden’s lead in the polling is now in the double digits.
Trump tested positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of October and left hospital just three days after he was airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Centre, while taking numerous experimental treatments in a rush to return to the campaign trail. Trump’s physician, Dr Sean Conley, said the president had taken a test on Saturday showing he was no longer “a transmission risk to others”, and there was no longer evidence “of actively replicating virus” on Saturday. Trump then appeared in a telephone interview on Fox News yesterday to discuss his health.
“I’m immune,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News, as reported by Al Jazeera. “The president is in very good shape to fight the battles.” He did not say whether he had tested negative.
Later, he took to Twitter to say that he is “immune” again, but the Social Media platform flagged the tweet, saying that it violated Twitter rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”
Trump has not done any travelling since he announced that he had tested positive on October 2 and is eager to return to the campaign trail after attending his first event at the White House since testing positive on Saturday.
Trump gave a speech to Black and Latino members of a conservative foundation from a Rose Garden balcony which has been passed off as official White House business, and not a campaign event. During the speech, he said that the coronavirus, which has killed more than 210,000 US citizens, was “disappearing”.
Trump has repeatedly downplayed the virus and is desperate to turn the tide of polls, many of which have Joe Biden leading him by double digits, as well as a substantial lead in battleground states. Trump will be holding rallies in Florida on Monday, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, and Iowa on Wednesday, despite widespread criticism that these gatherings may further spread the virus.