Donald Trump Boasts Of COVID-19 Immunity; Says He Had To Take Dangerous Risks As American Leader
Donald Trump released another video Monday night, in which he boasted that he may be immune to the coronavirus, and repeatedly told viewers not to fear COVID-19, citing the medical treatment he received at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center — which is not accessible to all Americans — as evidence, and declaring that he could have left the hospital two days ago (the day after he was airlifted there).
In a short video, Donald Trump praised Walter Reed Medical Center, again said he had learned a lot during his stay, and boasted that he might be immune after catching the virus. He told fans no fewer than three times to not let COVID-19 “dominate” their lives, and said that while he knew he’d taken risks, he had been obligated to do so, as leader of the American people.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
“Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it. We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines, all developed recently, and you’re gonna beat it,” Trump declared. According to the AP, Trump received an experimental drug that hasn’t yet completed testing, and isn’t yet available to the general public. The company, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, supplied a single dose for Trump at the request of his medical team.
The president, who is also on a regimen of Dexamethasone, a steroid with side effects that can include euphoria, declared that two days ago — Saturday, the day after he was airlifted to the hospital — he could have left, and that he feels better than he has in 20 years. He described his need to take risks with regard to the virus.
As your leader, I had to do that. I knew there’s danger to it, but I had to do it. I stood out front. I led. Nobody that’s a leader would not do what I did, and
I know there’s a risk. There’s a danger, but that’s okay, and now I’m better, and maybe I’m immune.
Trump has been criticized for choices that put others at risk, such as holding rallies without social distancing, mocking mask-wearing, and taking a drive to wave to supporters during his stay at Walter Reed.