2020-10-11 16:07:27 UTC
COVID-19 and now has a 'protective glow' that means he 'can't get it and can't
*Donald Trump said Sunday morning that he is now 'immune' from coronavirus
*'Once you recover, you're immune,' Trump told Fox News. 'Now you have a
president that's immune'
*Minutes after the interivew he tweeted: 'A total and complete sign off from
*White House Doctors yesterday,' claiming he can't get or give the virus to
*He made the claim the morning after holding a 'peaceful protest' at the White
House where he spoke to supporters on the South Lawn from the portico
*White House Physician Dr. Sean Conley released a memo on Saturday night
claiming Trump is no longer at risk of transmitting the virus to others
*He said Trump meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for
safely discontinuing isolation
*The memo did not declare Trump had tested negative for the virus
*Diagnosis comes as the president prepares to resume campaign rallies
Donald Trump said Sunday that he is cured of COVID-19 just over one week after
diagnosis as he claims he is now 'immune' from the virus.
'Once you recover, you're immune,' Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo on
'Sunday Morning Futures' in a phone interview. 'Now you have a president that's
Moments after the interview he tweeted: 'A total and complete sign off from
White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can't get it (immune), and can't
give it. Very nice to know!!!'
He told Bartirormo that the newfound immunity comes with a 'protective glow.'
'So now you have a president who doesn't have to hide in his basement,' he
added, repeating a criticism he had of Joe Biden, who largely campaigned from a
basement television studio in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden has since hit the campaign trail, donning a mask.
'I'm not on any medication. And the medications that I did take were standard,
Trump's top physician Dr. Sean Conley has said Saturday night that the president
is no longer at risk of transmitting coronavirus. He did not say explicitly at
the time whether Trump had yielded negative test results for COVID-19.
Last week, Conley revealed the president has tested positive for antibodies for
In a memo released on Saturday night, the White House physician said Trump meets
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for safely discontinuing
By 'currently recognized standards,' Conley continued, Trump is no longer
considered a transmission risk.
The president cleared the air Sunday since Conley's note did not say whether
Trump still has coronavirus. Bartiromo asked if the statement means he has
tested negative for the virus.
'Not only that, it seems like I'm immune,' Trump said. 'It looks like I'm immune
for, I don't know, maybe a long time, maybe a short time. It could be a
lifetime. Nobody really knows.'
Conley's diagnosis comes as the president prepares to resume campaign rallies
and other activities - starting Saturday when he held a 'peaceful protest' at
the White House.
Some medical experts had been skeptical that Trump could be declared free of the
risk of transmitting the virus so early in the course of his illness. Just 10
days since an initial diagnosis of infection, there was no way to know for
certain that someone was no longer contagious, they said.
The memo followed TrumpŽs first public appearance since returning to the White
House after being treated for the coronavirus. Hundreds of people gathered
Saturday afternoon on the South Lawn for a Trump address on his support for law
enforcement from a White House balcony.
Trump took off a mask moments after he emerged on the balcony to address the
crowd on the lawn below, his first step back onto the public stage with just
more than three weeks to go until Election Day. He flouted, once more, the
safety recommendations of his own government just days after acknowledging that
he was on the brink of 'bad things' from the virus and claiming that his bout
with the illness brought him a better understanding of it.
His return was a brief one. With bandages visible on his hands, likely from an
intravenous injection, Trump spoke for 18 minutes, far less than at his normal
He appeared healthy, if perhaps a little hoarse, as he delivered what was, for
all intents and purposes, a short version of his campaign speech despite the
executive mansion setting.
Though billed as an official event, Trump offered no policy proposals and
instead delivered the usual attacks on Democrat Joe Biden while praising law
enforcement to a crowd of several hundred, most of whom wore masks while few
adhered to social distancing guidelines.
'IŽm feeling great,' said Trump, who said he was thankful for their good wishes
and prayers as he recovered. He then declared that the pandemic, which has
killed more than 210,000 Americans, was 'disappearing' even though he is still
recovering from the virus.
In either an act of defiance or simply tempting fate, officials organized the
crowd just steps from the Rose Garden, where exactly two weeks ago the president
held another large gathering to formally announce his nomination of Judge Amy
Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. That event is now being eyed as a possible
COVID-19 superspreader as more than two dozen people in attendance have
contracted the virus.
Trump had hoped to hold campaign rallies this weekend but settled for the White
House event. But even as his health remained unclear, he planned to ramp up his
travel with a rally in Florida on Monday, followed by trips to Pennsylvania and
Iowa on subsequent days. It was not clear if Trump posed a risk to those he
would fly with on Air Force One or encounter at the rally sites.
Before the speech, White House officials said they had no information to release
on whether the president was tested for COVID-19, meaning he made his first
public appearance without the White House verifying that he's no longer
Security was stepped up around the White House before the event, which was
called a 'peaceful protest for law & order' and predominantly attended by Black
and Latino supporters. Police and the Secret Service closed surrounding streets
to vehicles and shut down Lafayette Square, the park near the White House that
has long been a gathering place for public protest.
As questions linger about his health - and Democratic opponent Joe Biden steps
up his own campaigning - Trump has more frequently called into radio and TV
programs to speak with conservative interviewers, hoping to make up for lost
time with just over three weeks until Election Day and millions already voting.