Trump hosts first public event since COVID-19 diagnosis, says virus will 'disappear' with 'science, medicine'
President Trump received between 300 and 400 people on the southern lawn of the White House on Saturday. This was his first public event since he was hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 last week. It's only been two weeks since a crowd gathered in the rose garden to receive Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination for the Supreme Court. Experts believe this could have been the trigger for a coronavirus outbreak that hit both the Trump administration and Republican senators.
Trump was scheduled to speak for about 30 minutes on Saturday, but only used 18, an unusual example of efficiency for the president known for using tangents well beyond the scope of his planned notes. His voice reportedly sounded "a touch hoarse," but he showed no outward signs of illness and said he felt "great," reports The Associated Press.
During his speech, Trump said the coronavirus "will go away," thanks largely to "science, medicine" and "the American spirit". This is a familiar line for the president, although this time optimism was based on his belief that newly developed coronavirus therapies would lead the indictment instead of wishful thinking.
The event was not billed as a campaign event, but the president's rhetoric suggested otherwise. Read more at Axios.
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