- President Donald Trump said during an interview with talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday that he was skeptical that he would recover from COVID-19.
- Trump said he recovered “immediately, almost immediately,” adding that he “may not have recovered from COVID at all” had it not been for an experimental antibody cocktail from Regeneron.
- Limbaugh, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February, hosted Trump for a “virtual rally”.
- “I was not in good shape,” Trump said elsewhere, despite previously claiming he did not need to go to hospital for treatment.
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President Donald Trump said on Friday he was early concerned about his COVID-1
“I wasn’t in good shape,” Trump told Limbaugh, who in February bestowed the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
But the president said he “recovered immediately, almost immediately”. He added that he “may not have recovered from COVID at all” had it not been for the antibody cocktail.
Trump’s comment was at variance with the way he had presented his COVID-19 diagnosis and insisted he only go to the hospital as a precaution.
– Ryan Lizza (@ RyanLizza) October 9, 2020
Trump coughed and cleared his throat during a call-in interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night.
AAaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2020
Trump’s coronavirus status remains unclear and the White House is refusing to disclose when he last tested negative.
During Friday’s interview, Limbaugh once noted that Trump had carried on for an hour and 40 minutes without pausing or gathering his thoughts, arguing the president had recovered.
Trump also falsely suggested that the therapeutics he was taking were a “cure” for the coronavirus.
The interview, touted as a “virtual rally,” was the president’s third long convocation interview in two days. Trump has not appeared on camera since leaving the hospital on Monday, save for a few videos posted on his White House Twitter account.