“I beat this crazy, terrible China virus,” Trump claimed in a 30-minute telephone interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo about Sunday Morning Futures.
The president also suggested he now has immunity to the virus that has infected 7.7 million Americans and killed more than 214,000 people in the US. Those who have recovered from Covid-19 “have some immunity,” The Associated Press reported last week, “but how much and how long are big unanswered questions.”
Trump expressed varying levels of confidence in his immunity, noting that “it looks” like he is immune before directly declaring he is immune and later doubling that self-assessment.
“It looks like I’m immune to, I don’t know, maybe a long time, maybe a short time,” said the president. “It could be a lifetime. Nobody really knows, but I’m immune. “
In case his message wasn’t clear enough, the president followed up his appearance on Fox News with a tweet: “A complete and complete de-registration from the White House doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune) and can’t give it. Nice to know! ”
Twitter later described the post as a violation of its rules prohibiting the distribution of “misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19”.
In the interview, Trump said he passed “the highest test” and “the highest standards” and feels “fantastic”.
“In fact, I feel good because the word ‘immunity’ means something,” he added. “To really have a protective glow means something. I think that is very important. Having that is a very important thing. “
Trump’s announcement on October 2 that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for Covid-19 brought his administration’s handling of the pandemic back to the fore in the presidential contest and diverted his campaign’s message of business, law and order Supreme Court. The President was briefly hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he received access to the best of care and an experimental drug. A previous White House event for Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett resulted in at least eight attendees testing positive for the coronavirus.
Trump downplayed his treatment as “standard” and “fairly routine”, with the exception of a “miracle” antibody treatment, and said he was no longer taking any medication. He added that his administration was waiting for an emergency permit to begin shipping the antibody treatment to hospitals.
“Now I think I would have done well anyway, I think you know, I hope. But you know who wants to take a risk, as the phrase says,” said Trump. “With the antibody I took , I almost felt good, almost after taking it. … I know people call it a therapeutic, but for me it’s a cure, OK? For me it’s a cure. I think it’s a lot more as a therapeutic and I want to get it to the hospitals right now. “
“I would have been fine again,” Trump continued. “You know, I’m in good health. I think I would have been fine. And people need to realize that once you’ve recovered, you are immune. Now you have a president who doesn’t look like his opponent in.” You have a president who is immune, which I honestly think is very important. “
The president also cited an early estimate that more than 2 million Americans could have died had the US government done nothing to fight the virus, suggesting that the proportion of that mass number of projected deaths was evidence that that his government “did a phenomenal job. ”
“One is too many, but 2.2 million were predictions of how many people would die,” said Trump. “We lost more than 200,000 and there are people who say we did a phenomenal job. We did a phenomenal job. “
According to a Pew Research Center, only 40 percent of registered voters are confident Trump can manage the public health impact of the pandemic survey17 points below the percentage of voters who have confidence in former Vice President Joe Biden’s ability to handle the outbreak.