White House doctor: Trump has completed COVID-19 therapies, can do public events Saturday
By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's doctor said Thursday that Trump had completed his therapy for the novel coronavirus, had remained stable since returning to the White House and could resume his public engagements on Saturday.
Dr. Sean Conley said in a memo released by the White House that Trump responded "extremely well" to treatment with no evidence of side effects.
Trump was hospitalized on Friday after announcing that he had contracted the coronavirus. He returned to the White House on Monday.
"Since returning home, his physical exam has remained stable and has shown no evidence of disease progression," Conley wrote. "Saturday will be the tenth day since Thursday was diagnosed. Based on the advanced diagnostics conducted by the team, I fully anticipate the President's safe return to public engagement at this point."
Confined to the White House because of the illness he has tried to downplay, Trump was desperate to get back on the campaign trail when he followed Democratic candidate Joe Biden in national polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
The president has been criticized for both his administration's handling of the pandemic and his response to his own diagnosis.
Earlier Thursday, Trump said he didn't think he was contagious or feeling well enough to resume campaign events.
Trump has held such rallies indoors and outdoors with thousands of people, many of whom are not wearing masks, against the advice of health professionals.
"I would like to do a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night," Trump told Fox Business Network, adding, "When I'm at a rally, I'm very far from everyone."
The White House has refused to say when Trump last tested negative for the virus.
The president's positive test excluded him from personal events that were the lifeblood of his campaign.
Trump pulled out of a second debate with Biden after the Presidential Debate Commission announced that the October 15 event would be held in a virtual format with candidates in different locations to ensure it can move on to see if Trump is one Virus stays or not. free.
"I feel good, really good," Trump said in the Fox interview. Trump said he had stopped taking "most therapeutics" for the virus but was still being treated with steroids.
With layoffs on the rise in key sectors related to the fragile economic recovery, Trump said he cut negotiations with Congress on a new round of stimulus for the ailing economy because they were going nowhere.
But he said there is some discussion going on with Democrats about increasing support for US airlines and providing stimulus checks to Americans by $ 1,200.
Trump has been criticized for underestimating the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans and left millions unemployed. Ever since Trump revealed his own illness on Friday, he has downplayed the dangers of respiratory disease and has been censored by social media platforms for spreading misinformation about it.
"I think this was a blessing from God that I caught him. This was a blessing in disguise," Trump said in the video posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday, adding that he was an experimental drug used by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc <REGN. O> had allowed him to see firsthand how effective it could be.
He said he would provide the treatment for free, but didn't say how he would do it or who would pay for the treatments. The United States reports more than 44,000 new infections daily.
The interview with Fox Business Network was conducted over the phone. Aside from videos posted on his Twitter account, Trump has not been seen publicly at the White House since returning from hospital Monday night.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; writing by Jeff Mason and Phil Stewart; editing by Grant McCool)
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