Steve Cortes, senior adviser to the Trump campaign, said Sunday the president was “optimistic and assertive as always” as he battles coronavirus after reports and comments the president only showed on Friday regarding the signs following his diagnosis have.
Cortes spoke about President Trump’s health during a conversation with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
“He’s fine … We spoke to the president yesterday, we mean campaign executives … He was more optimistic and confident than ever before,” said Cortes.
Cortes also mentioned a video released by the president on Saturday night in which he said, “Donald Trump, the fighter, spoke directly to the American people for four minutes out of time, looked good, sounded good, and most importantly, we know what his doctor said has is his progress has been incredible. “
Cortes added: “This president will recover, we are very confident of that.”
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The president was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday after testing positive for the coronavirus overnight Thursday through Friday. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Saturday to “Justice with Judge Jeanine” that the president had symptoms that his staff “really worried” Friday, including fever and low blood oxygen, but that he has since improved.
“I’m very, very optimistic based on the current results,” Meadows said of Trump, warning the doctor, “He’s not out of the woods for the next 48 hours.”
Trump’s diagnosis, plus positive tests from several other members of Congress and administrative officials, threatens to disrupt Washington, DC, including Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation in the Supreme Court and negotiations on a coronavirus relief package. But it has certainly already changed the dynamics of the last month of the presidential campaign as Trump was forced to stay off the campaign path, at least temporarily, and his participation in the second presidential debate, less than two weeks away, was questioned.
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Trump’s campaign is reportedly “in full swing” while Trump is in hospital, hosting events in battlefield states, including Mike Pence and Trump’s family members in what is known as Operation MAGA.
“There wasn’t even an iota of the president feeling sorry for himself,” Cortes said of his call to Trump. “He said we will win this campaign. He is also actively ruling from the hospital as President of the United States. We are completely confident that his recovery will be complete.”
Cortes said Trump “will be back in the game” “shortly”.
“The MAGA movement is bigger than just President Trump,” Cortes replied to a question from Wallace that Vice President Pence’s protection could potentially be increased given Trump’s condition. He added that Pence and others will fill the “void” Trump created if they leave the campaign trail.
Wallace also pushed Cortes for the largely maskless rose garden ceremony to announce Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. After that, seven people tested positive for the coronavirus.
Cortes said that precautions were being taken around Trump but that “he was not ready to confiscate himself completely, take no risk because the leaders take risks and he is the servant of the people.”
Wallace also asked Cortes about the fact that the Trump Party violated the mask rules set by the Cleveland Clinic during Tuesday’s presidential debate.
“All of them were tested prior to this event,” said Cortes
“It doesn’t matter,” said Wallace, noting that the Cleveland Clinic staff offered the masks to the First Family but waved them off.
“We think masks are very useful, the President has worn them many times,” said Cortes. “We also believe in an element of individual choice; people have been aloof and been tested.”
Wallace replied that the people were not aloof and that the First Family was still breaking the rules. He added that the Commission for the Presidential Debate had announced in future debates that non-masked persons would be escorted.
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In his update from Walter Reed on Saturday night, Trump thanked the medics at the hospital and those who wished him well, and promised to end the campaign as soon as possible. He said, “I’ll be back, I think I’ll be back soon. And I’m looking forward to ending the campaign the way it was started and the way we did it. The kind of numbers we made were like this proud. “
Joe Biden’s campaign, after having suffered potential exposure to the virus during the debate – through the Cleveland Clinic that the risk of transmission in the socially distant matter was low – said they are releasing the results of any coronavirus test by the Democrats would take candidate. The 78-year-old Biden is even older than Trump and has never tested positive for the corona virus. The presidential election will take place on November 3rd, less than a month away.
Fox News’ Brie Stimson and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.