Trump touts COVID-19 treatment in first rally since diagnosis


President Trump on Monday praised the medical care he received at his first rally since testing positive for the coronavirus, swearing to a crowd in Sanford, Fla. That he would make sure the whole country got the kind of treatment he received. is offered.

“We’ve made tremendous progress, if you look at what we’re doing with therapy… And I said to my people, we’re going to take whatever they’ve given me and we’re going to distribute it to hospitals and everyone is going to have the same thing, he said.

Trump had started a course of Remdesivir, having previously received a cocktail of antibodies. He also took zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and an aspirin daily.

Monday’s rally took place just a week after President Trump was released from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he spent three days following his positive diagnosis of COVID-19.

White House doctor Dr Sean P. Conley said earlier Monday that the president had tested negative for the virus “for several days in a row.” Conley said the results, along with other data, led his team to conclude that Trump was not contagious to others. Conley’s note stated that Trump had tested negative using the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen test, which as many doctors Noted, is 2,000 times less sensitive than a PCR test (according to Abbott data) and may not be the best choice for Trump’s situation.

Dr Anthony Fauci, a senior White House coronavirus advisor, told CNN that the president was “asking for trouble” by holding rallies.

During his speech, the president added that he felt “so powerful” after recovering from the virus. “I’m going to enter this audience,” he said, pointing to the crowd. “I’m going to go in there, I will hug everyone in this audience.” I will kiss guys and beautiful women – everyone.


Trump has been criticized for the way he reacted to the virus, including when he removed his face mask after returning from the hospital to the White House.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, due to appear in South Florida on Tuesday, accused Trump of “reckless behavior.”

“President Trump comes to Sanford today bringing nothing but reckless behavior, divisive rhetoric and incitement to fear,” Biden said in a statement ahead of the event. “But what he fails to deliver is just as dangerous: no plan to bring this virus which has taken the lives of more than 15,000 Floridians under control.

But on Monday night, Trump presented himself as a moderate alternative to the Democrats’ “radical” agenda.

“We want to get back to a normal life,” he said.

He also argued that “Biden would end our recovery, delay the vaccine, extend the pandemic, and wipe out Florida’s economy with a drastic, unscientific lockdown – that’s what he wants to do, lock it down.” , did he declare. Biden previously told ABC News that he would be open to further economic shutdowns if scientists advised doing so.

The World Health Organization (WHO), Trump said, justified its opposition to the lockdowns when it warned of their impacts.

“The only time we think a lockdown is justified is to give you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but overall we prefer not to. do, ”said Dr David Nabarro, WHO’s special envoy on COVID-19, on Monday.


Florida is widely seen as a key state in the battlefield and could play a pivotal role in deciding who wins the November election. For Trump, the Sanford rally is the first stop in a busy week that will include events in Pennsylvania, Iowa, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

Poll averages showed Biden to lead the president, although Trump narrowly won the Sunshine State in 2016 with a lead of just over 112,000 votes.

A poll released last week showed him leading Biden – 50% to 47% – among voters 65 and over in the state, but declining in the overall vote. Trump on Monday vowed to protect Social Security and Medicare, saying Democrats’ immigration policies would decimate those rights programs.

“We must first take care of our people,” he said.

Trump and others have pointed to the large size of his crowd as an indication of the enthusiasm he enjoyed leading up to the election. According to WESH 2, his supporters started lining up for the event on Sunday night. Footage from outside the rally also showed a long line of supporters waiting hours in advance to enter.


Ahead of the event, Trump was faced with the reaction of Representative Shevrin Jones, a Democrat running for the state Senate who recently recovered from his own COVID-19 infection.

“It’s reckless and irresponsible,” he said of Trump’s decision to come to Florida.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 7.8 million Americans have been infected and at least 214,000 have died from COVID-19.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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