Fact check: Fake Trump quote about battling coronavirus, his body
The claim: President Trump claimed doctors said they had never seen a body that killed the coronavirus like his body
Just after midnight on October 2, President Donald Trump announced that he and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19.
For the week since then, he's sent video messages to his supporters - including several from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - with information about his health almost daily.
A post on Facebook should contain a transcription of his comments in a clip overlaid on a still image from the video.
"Doctors said they had never seen a body that the coronavirus killed like my body," the caption reads. "They tested my DNA and it wasn't DNA. It was the US."
The user behind the popular post didn't respond TODAY to a request from the US for comment.
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In videos, Trump did not claim doctors "had never seen a body" like his
The image in the post is a screenshot of a video Trump posted on Twitter on October 3, speaking from a desk at Walter Reed.
But he never made a statement about his body or DNA in the four-minute video, or indicated that doctors said they had "never seen a body" dealing with COVID-19 like his.
On the contrary, he noted that his wife, Melania Trump, was still in the White House handling the virus "very well" as she is "just a little bit" younger than him.
He also said, "I came here didn't feel so good, I feel a lot better now" and called possible remedies "miracles that come down from God".
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None of the other six clips he released in the past week contained the alleged quote. Even so, it is true that Trump boasted of his health and speedy recovery.
When he announced to the nation on October 2 that he was being directed to Walter Reed, he said he was feeling "very good." On October 4th, he reported "great reports" from his doctors.
On October 5, after leaving Walter Reed, Trump spoke about how "great" he felt.
"Two days ago I could have left two days ago," he said. "Two days ago I felt great, better than I had for a long time. I said recently, better than 20 years ago."
On October 7, he claimed he didn't need to go to Walter Reed, where he stayed for four days, and attributed his speedy recovery to an antibody therapy administered by Regeneron.
"I went in, I didn't feel good. A short 24 hours later, I felt great," said Trump. "I feel great. I feel perfect. So I think this was a blessing from God that I caught him. This was a blessing in disguise."
In another video on October 8th, he confirmed his support for the antibody cocktail produced by Regeneron.
"I went to the hospital a week ago, I was very sick and I took this drug and it was amazing, it was amazing," he said. "I could have gone out earlier the next day."
In fact, according to the New York Times, Trump had a single dose of Regeneron before it was broadcast to Walter Reed. In the hospital, he was given remdesivir and steroids.
Trump was previously financially involved in Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Gilead Sciences Inc., which makes remdesivir, per USA TODAY.
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Our rating: wrong
Based on our research, the claim that President Donald Trump said doctors "have never seen a body killing coronavirus" like his body and that it has "USA" and not "DNA" is FALSE. Despite bragging about his speedy recovery in several videos, Trump attributed this to an antibody cocktail made by Regeneron, not his body or genetics. The quotes are made.
Our fact-checking sources:
Donald J. Trump, October 2, tweet
Donald J. Trump, October 3, tweet
Donald J. Trump, October 2, tweet
Donald J. Trump, October 4th, tweet
Donald J. Trump, October 5th, tweet
Donald J. Trump, October 7, tweet
Donald J. Trump, Oct. 8, tweet
New York Times, Oct. 2, Use of dexamethasone to treat Trump indicates severe Covid-19, experts say
US TODAY, Oct 3rd, Trump COVID-19 Treatment: The president was involved in Regeneron and Gilead, the makers of antibody cocktails, Remdesivir
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