US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he was now immune to COVID-19, showing his willingness to do battle with Joe Biden in the home stretch of the campaign.
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“It looks like I’m immune, for, I don’t know, maybe a long time, maybe a short time, maybe for life. No one really knows, but I’m immune, ”he said.
“Today you have a president who doesn’t need to hide in his basement like his opponent,” Joe Biden, he added in a telephone interview on Fox News.
The issue of immunity to COVID-19 remains surrounded by many unknowns: it is not clear how long it lasts or how much protection antibodies offer.
At the end of August, researchers in Hong Kong announced that they had discovered the world’s first proven case of re-infection with COVID-19, a few months after recovery.
In a brief statement released on Saturday evening, Dr Sean Conley said the US president was “no longer considered to be at risk of transmitting” the virus to other people.
“Full and total green light from the doctors of the White House”, tweeted Donald Trump on Sunday, going well beyond this letter. “That means I can’t catch (the virus) and can’t pass it on. Good to know!!! “.
Soon after, Twitter added a warning to this tweet, believing it to contain “misleading” information about COVID-19.
Hours earlier, Donald Trump had spoken from the White House to supporters. The return to the campaign stands is scheduled for the start of the week and the pace is set to be intense: Florida on Monday, Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Iowa on Wednesday.
“HUGE CROWDS !!!”
During his Fox News interview, the White House tenant, 74, also hinted that his Democratic opponent, 77, could be ill.
“If you look at Joe, he was coughing terribly yesterday [samedi], then he would grab his mask, then he would cough, ”he said. “I don’t know what that means, but the press hasn’t talked about it a lot.”
Since the announcement, the 1er October, with Donald and Melania Trump testing positive, Joe Biden’s campaign team releases daily COVID test results, which have been negative so far.
However, greater opacity surrounds the President of the United States. His medical team stubbornly refuses to say when was his last negative test. This posture fuels suspicions that he may not have tested for several days before he tested positive.
More than 214,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.
Joe Biden is now nearly 10 points ahead of the national poll average and has also bolstered his advantage in voting intentions at the state level decisive for the election.
Faced with these worrying figures for his political future, Donald Trump invokes, more than ever, the memory of the surprise of 2016, hammering as if to better convince himself that history will repeat itself.
In a morning tweet, he quoted election statistician Nate Silver as saying, “Trump’s victory in 2016 was the biggest political shock of my life.”
“It’s just because you got it all wrong,” the US president told him. “There is even more ENTHUSIASM this time around than in 2016.”
“HUGE CROWDS !!!” he concluded.