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’m immune,” he said. he declares.
“Today you have a president who does not 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 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.
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 Saturday night, Dr Sean Conley said the US president was “no longer considered to be at risk of transmitting” the virus to other people.
A few hours earlier, Donald Trump had spoken from the White House in front of supporters. 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.
– “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 (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 on October 1 of Donald and Melania Trump’s positive test, Joe Biden’s campaign team has been releasing their Covid test results daily, which have been negative so far.
However, a 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 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 and has also reinforced his advantage in voting intentions at the level of 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 be better convinced 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 replied. “There is even more ENTHUSIASM this time around than in 2016”.
“HUGE CROWDS !!!”, he concluded.
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