“Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President’s safe return to public engagements at that time,” Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley wrote in a memo released by the White House Thursday evening.
During an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday night, Trump against refused to answer if he’s tested negative for the virus or when his last negative test took place. Instead, he said that he wants to hold campaign rallies this weekend.
“I think I’m going to try doing a rally on Saturday night if we can, if we have enough time to put it together, but we want to do a rally in Florida, probably in Florida on Saturday night, might come back and do one in Pennsylvania on the following night,” Trump said, saying he would take some tests on Friday, though it was not clear whether the President understood which tests he would be getting or what they would mean.
However, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people infected with coronavirus need to wait 10 days after their symptoms first appear before being around others and need to be 24 hours fever-free without taking fever-reducing medication.
Trump tested positive on Thursday evening.
Asked Thursday about criticism that he was returning to the White House while still is almost certainly shedding the virus, Trump said he didn’t believe that was true.
“I don’t think I’m contagious, at all,” he said.
But it’s impossible for Trump to know based on how he feels whether he is shedding the virus.
Trump sounded raspy in his Thursday morning interview, but he insisted he is better than normal and is prepared to resume his campaign schedule.
“I think I’m better … to a point where I’d love to do a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night,” Trump told Bartiromo. “I feel perfect. There’s nothing wrong.”
Calling his illness “almost a gift from heaven,” Trump again praised the drugs he received at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, but said he couldn’t have avoided contracting coronavirus.
“No matter how good the security, you’re not going to protect yourself from this thing,” he said, adding later: “You catch this thing. It’s particles of dust.”
The CDC says the virus can be transmitted through the air in some circumstances; the virus is not “particles of dust.”
The President said he hadn’t been tested recently, telling Bartiromo: “No, I’ll be tested very soon, but I’m essentially very clean. They say it’s over a period of six, seven days.”
“I got a lot of things doing … when I want to say hello to Gold Star families … I’m not going to be in a basement saying, ‘Hey I can’t see you as you traveled in from California and all the different places.’ It’s OK,” Trump said.
The origin of Trump’s coronavirus infection, of course, remain unclear.
Timothy Davis, president & CEO The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation, said in a statement that all the Gold Star families who attended the White House event tested negative for coronavirus.
CNN’s Ben Tinker, Jamie Gumbrecht, Jim Acosta and Jason Hoffman contributed to this report.
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