President Donald Trump released a positive video statement from Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday afternoon, saying that he and the first lady are both doing well after testing positive for the coronavirus.
“I want to begin by thanking all of the incredible medical professionals — the doctors, the nurses, everybody — at Walter Reed Medical Center, I think it’s the finest in the world, for the incredible job they’ve been doing,” Trump began. “I came here, wasn’t feeling so well, I feel much better now. We’re working hard to get me all the way back, I have to be back because we still have to Make America Great Again, we’ve done an awfully good job of that, but we still have steps to go and we have to finish that job, and I’ll be back, I think I’ll be back soon.”
“And I look forward to finishing up the campaign the way it was started and the way we’ve been doing and the kind of numbers that we’ve been doing, we’ve been so proud of it,” Trump continued. “But this was something that happened, and it’s happened to millions of people all over the world, and I’m fighting for them, not just in the U.S., I’m fighting for them all over the world.”
“We’re gonna beat this coronavirus or whatever you want to call it and we’re gonna beat it soundly,” Trump continued. “So many things have happened, if you look at the therapeutics, which I’m taking right now — some of them — and others are coming out soon that are looking like, frankly they’re miracles, if you want to know the truth. They’re miracles.”
Trump said that he was “starting to feel good” due to the treatment regimen that he is currently on but cautioned that the next few days were going to be “the real test” in terms of the long-term trajectory of his battle against the coronavirus.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020
The video statement comes after the president was transported to Walter Reed Medical Center yesterday as a precautionary measure after testing positive for the coronavirus late on Thursday night following the news that White House adviser Hope Hicks had tested positive.
“President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady.”
A Morning Consult poll conducted after Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus found that “40 percent of Democrats reported feeling ‘happy’ over the news, while 31 percent reported feeling ‘excited.'”
This report has been updated to include additional information.
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