Trump Says He’s ‘Drug-Free’, Details COVID-19 Recovery in First Camera Interview Since Diagnosis

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President Trump opened up about his ongoing recovery from the novel coronavirus on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” on Friday, sitting down for his first on-camera interview since testing positive last week.

Speaking to Fox News medical contributor Dr Marc Siegel in a remote White House interview, Trump said he was “drug free” as of Friday and felt “really, really strong ”.

The president acknowledged that before he went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2, he “didn’t feel very vital” and “didn’t feel like the President of the United States should feel.”

Trump returned to the White House on Monday after spending three nights in a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He touted the beneficial effects of Regeneron’s experimental antibody cocktail, which he said made a “huge difference” to his recovery.

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The president also said he had a CT scan of his lungs when he arrived at Walter Reed, but had no difficulty breathing.

“They wanted to keep me for observation,” Trump said. “You know, they wanted to make sure it was good. But… I was there for, I guess, three and a half days. They wanted to keep me. I wanted to leave after the first day. I really felt that I was in pretty good shape. After the first day I think I would have been a lot worse if I hadn’t taken this [Regeneron] drug. ”

The president came under criticism last weekend after briefly leaving Walter Reed on Sunday to greet supporters who had gathered outside the medical facility.

“I could hear them from the hospital,” Trump recalls. “I was very high. And you know, [I’m in] this heavily fortified military hospital which you know is built to the highest standards. And yet, through those very powerful windows, I could hear people screaming and screaming and with love, with real love.

“And after two days, I said, ‘You know, I want to go out and say hello to people.’ And I went to the secret service. And these are the people who are with me all the time. And they said, “We have no problem, sir. I said, “I just want to drive around and wave my hand.” And you saw what happened.

“It was a great show of love there,” Trump said of the drive. “I don’t think there was a single negative person, and there were many, many, many people. ”

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On Thursday, White House doctor Dr Sean Conley sent a memorandum indicating that Trump could resume his public engagements from Saturday. The president is due to host an event in honor of law enforcement at the White House on Saturday afternoon before heading to Sanford, Fla., For a campaign rally on Monday evening.

Trump said he was tested for coronavirus on Friday and did not know the exact results, but was “either the bottom of the ladder or free” of the virus. He expected to be tested again on Saturday.

The president added that he would donate plasma to help other patients if asked.

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Trump appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” hours after the Committee on Presidential Debates (CPD) canceled an event scheduled for October 15. On Thursday, the president told FOX Business presenter Maria Bartiromo earlier this week that he would not “waste his time” with a virtual debate.

The CPD said it would move forward with a debate on October 22 as scheduled.

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