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.
“It looks like I’m immune, for, I don’t know, maybe a long time, maybe a short time, maybe for life. Nobody really knows but I am 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 question of immunity to the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 remains surrounded by many unknowns: we do not know with precision either the duration of the latter, or the degree of protection offered by the antibodies.
In late August, researchers in Hong Kong announced that they had discovered the world’s first proven case of reinfection with this disease, 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.
“Complete and total green light from the doctors of the White Doctor,” Donald Trump posted on Twitter on Sunday, extrapolating from this letter. “It means that I cannot catch [le virus] and that I cannot pass it on. Good to know !!! “.
Soon after, Twitter added a warning to the tweet, believing it to contain “misleading” information about COVID-19.
On Saturday evening, he spoke from a balcony of the White House in front of several hundred supporters wearing the famous red Make America Great Again caps.
The return to the campaign stands is scheduled for the start of the week, and the pace promises to be intense: Florida Monday, Pennsylvania Tuesday, Iowa Wednesday.
On this occasion, he should praise his choice of Conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. The Senate is indeed starting its hearing, despite opposition from the Democrats, who however have little hope of preventing its confirmation before the November 3 election.
Biden ahead in the polls
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 (Saturday), then he would grab his mask, then he was coughing ..” he said. “I don’t know what that means, but the press hasn’t talked about it much.”
Since the announcement, the 1er October, with Donald and Melania Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis, Joe Biden’s campaign team is releasing test results daily, which have been negative so far.
A greater opacity, however, surrounds the state of health of 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 taken a test 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 ten points ahead of the national poll average. Its advantage was also bolstered by voting intentions in the decisive states 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 Twitter post, 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.