Trump will take a 'medical evaluation' administered by a Fox News doctor on TV, the network says
President Donald Trump on the Truman Balcony of the White House upon returning from the hospital on October 5, 2020. Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images
President Donald Trump will be interviewed by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday, the network said.
It will be Trump's first on camera interview since he was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week.
Fox News said Trump was told by network-based medical expert Dr. Marc Siegel is examined.
Siegel has been accused in the past of spreading misinformation about coronavirus.
The president has claimed he has recovered from the virus but was heard in coughs and hoarseness in a phone interview with Fox News Thursday night.
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President Donald Trump will appear on camera in his first interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Friday, the network said.
It will be Trump's first interview since he was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. The president, who is planning a series of personal rallies starting this weekend, appears keen to address concerns that he is still infected with the virus.
According to Fox News, network-based medical expert Dr. Marc Siegel conducted a medical evaluation and interview with the President during the show.
Siegel, an associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, has in the past spread misinformation about coronavirus. Like Trump, he has repeatedly used the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 cure in Fox News interviews, falsely claiming the disease was no worse than the flu in March.
Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on October 1, which means that under CDC guidelines, he should self-isolate for two weeks and only come out of isolation if there are no symptoms.
But Trump has repeatedly ignored the guidelines preventing him from infecting others as he seeks to portray himself as a conqueror of the disease and be ready to continue his re-election campaign.
In a Thursday night phone interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump said he hoped to hold a rally in Florida on Saturday and in Pennsylvania on Sunday. During the interview, Trump started coughing and sounded hoarse at times, but insisted he was feeling "really good".
The supporters of previous Trump rallies were packed tightly together and only wore a few masks. The Trump campaign has said that pre-rally temperature screenings will be conducted and hand sanitizer will be provided for disinfectant.
In an interview on Thursday, Trump avoided questions as to whether he had still tested negative for the corona virus. The White House has also refused to reveal the last time Trump tested negative, which would help determine when he was infected.
On Thursday, Trump's personal doctor, Dr. Sean Conley said the president could achieve a "safe return to public engagement" on Saturday.
Conley said the president responded "very well to treatment" and that "since returning home, his physical exam has been stable with no evidence of disease progression".
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