Donald Trump, still recovering from Covid-19, has proposed holding a rally in Florida on Saturday while continuing to ignore questions about whether he still tested negative for the disease.
On Thursday night, Trump said, “I think I’ll try to hold a rally on Saturday night if we can when we have enough time to put it together.
“But we want to do a rally in Florida, probably on Saturday night in Florida. We might come back and do one in Pennsylvania the next evening.”
At least one Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been linked to an increase in coronavirus cases by a local health official. Most supporters of recent Trump events have avoided masks and social distancing measures to help slow the spread of disease. When asked by Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday evening whether he had not yet taken a negative coronavirus test or whether he had been tested at all since his positive test last week, the president did not respond directly but pointed to the experimental drugs down who he had been dealt with. He said he’ll likely be tested on Friday.
When asked by Hannity if he has had a test since testing positive last week, Trump said, “Well what we’re doing is the test will likely be tomorrow. The real test, because there is no need to keep testing. “
In the long interview, in which he spoke in a hoarse voice and sometimes paused with a cough, the President jumped from one right-wing topic to the next. He also referred to abortions as “early executions” after reports confirming that treatments he had performed to treat his Covid-19 were developed using cells derived from aborted fetuses – a practice his government opposes .
During an hour-long interview on Fox Business channel, Trump said he would not participate in a virtual debate with his Democratic rival Joe Biden after the Presidential Debate Commission announced the new format amid concerns that the President could still be contagious and the virus spread.
In an interview, Trump said about the virus: “You are better. That happens, you get better. “
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that Democrats would meet in US Congress to discuss the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which includes a clause that allows a president to be physically or mentally disabled to be removed from office against his will.
Trump’s doctor, Dr. Sean Conley said he expected Trump to return to public engagement on Saturday after initially suggesting that the president might not return to public life until Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that Covid-19 patients can be around others 10 days after their symptoms first appeared, provided they haven’t had a fever in the previous 24 hours.
Trump has received multiple treatments, including the antiviral drug remdesivir and an experimental antibody cocktail from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, whose executive director has a personal relationship with the president.
On Thursday night, the president suggested he would be ready to debate Biden if the host Hannity or other loyal Fox News host were Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham or Jeanine Pirro. “Let’s get a fair anchor, someone like the great Sean Hannity,” he said.
The chairman of the bipartisan presidential debates commission told the Associated Press on Thursday that the commission would not reconsider the virtual debate and that the closing debate, scheduled for October 22, would continue as planned with both candidates present.
The president was hospitalized on October 2 after announcing he was infected with the virus, which has killed more than 212,000 Americans and infected more than 7.6 million in the country. He returned to the White House on October 5 and appeared to have left his rooms on Thursday to visit the west wing – as he had earlier this week – and possibly expose White House staff and others to the infection.
On Thursday, it emerged that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was hosting a 70-person wedding for his daughter in Atlanta in May in violation of state and local guidelines, the New York Times reported earlier Thursday.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin opened a field hospital amid a spate of cases that have overwhelmed the state’s healthcare system. Governor Tony Evers said in a statement: “We are in a crisis right now and we need to change our behavior immediately to save lives.”