'I'm essentially very clean': Trump was cagey about his health in a rambling Fox Business interview
President Donald Trump conducted a lengthy interview with the Fox Business Network on Thursday. SAUL LOEB / AFP via Getty Images
President Trump's interview on Fox Business Network Thursday morning went off the rails after he said he would not attend the next debate if it took place remotely.
Trump touched on a variety of tangents, from blaming the parents of fallen soldiers for giving him the coronavirus to ranting Hillary Clinton's emails.
The president also hid basic details about his health and refused to reveal the last time he tested negative for COVID-19.
"No, I will be tested very soon, but I am essentially very clean," Trump said.
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President Donald Trump announced during his call to Fox Business on Thursday that he would not be attending the next debate if it was held remotely.
"No, I will not waste my time with a virtual debate," he said to host Maria Bartiromo. "That's not what debates are about. You sit behind a computer and have a debate - it's ridiculous."
But there was still a lot going on.
Similar to "Fox & Friends", Trump grazed almost the entire hour and touched on a variety of topics.
Much of what he said about these tangents was confusing and factually imprecise.
The other notable thing about the interview was the ambiguity Trump would give about his health.
When hostess Maria Bartiromo asked if he had recently been tested for COVID-19, Trump refused.
Crucially, the White House has not announced whether Trump is still testing positive for the coronavirus or when his last negative test was.
"No, I will be tested very soon, but I am essentially very clean," Trump said. "They say it's over a period of six, seven days. And I was - you know something amazing happened to me. I went in and didn't feel very well."
Trump, who described the virus as a "dust particle", attributed his apparent recovery to the fact that he is a "perfect physical sample". Then he hinted that meeting Gold Star families brought him the disease.
"They come an inch from my face sometimes. They want to hug me and they want to kiss me and they do, and honestly, I don't tell them to back off. I don't, but I have. I have." I said it's like, you know, it's obviously dangerous. It's a dangerous thing I think if you stick with the COVID thing, "he said.
The rest of the interview got even more off track from there.
Here are the key issues that he addressed. Some of these have ramifications on the global stage while others shed light on where to focus on after being released from the hospital.
Trump described Senator Kamala Harris as "unlikely", "communist" and "monster" after her appearance in the vice-presidential debate on Wednesday.
"And that monster that was on stage with Mike Pence - who, by the way, destroyed her last night - that monster, she says, 'No, no, there won't be fracking. There won't be, there won't." be '- everything she said is a lie. "
Trump swiped the Democratic candidate Joe Biden, saying he "won't make it to two months as president."
He claimed that ISIS leader Abou Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani were "bigger names than Osama bin Laden". Both were killed by US forces.
Trump reiterated his unsubstantiated claim that mail-in votes lead to election fraud, which is a bigger problem for Americans than for China or Russia.
It has been four years since Trump ran up against Hillary Clinton, but he remains fixated on her emails, complaining that Attorney General Bill Barr is not indicting her along with President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden of "espionage" his campaign would.
"To be honest, Bill Barr will either go down as the greatest attorney general in the country's history or a very sad situation," Trump said.
The president also targeted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for failing to find and forward Clinton's deleted emails.
"You're in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo couldn't get you out, which is actually very sad," said Trump. "I'm not happy with him for that reason. He couldn't get her out. I don't know why."
Trump made a bizarre claim about the electoral college, saying, "Republicans are at a disadvantage. They'll lose New York, Illinois and California before it even starts."
He also said that if the Senate fails to get Supreme Court confirmation from Judge Amy Coney Barrett, it will be Republicans to blame.
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