USA-ELECTION: Trump speaks for the first time in public, no longer contagious
by Andrea Shalal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump made his first public appearance on Saturday since returning to the White House after being hospitalized for three days with Covid-19, as his doctor announces he is no longer contagious .
Donald Trump was tested for COVID-19 on Saturday and no longer poses a “risk of transmission to others,” White House doctor Sean Conley said in a statement.
Sean Conley added that tests showed there were no more signs of “active virus replication.”
No comment was immediately obtained from the White House as to whether Sean Conley’s statements indicated that the US president had tested negative for the coronavirus.
Alone, without a mask, the American president spoke from a balcony of the White House on the occasion of a rally presented as “a peaceful demonstration for law and order” attended by a few hundred people standing on the lawn.
Video: Back at the White House, Donald Trump praises the experimental treatment against Covid-19 he has received (Le Figaro)
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The appearance is seen as a first step before a full-time resumption of his campaign next week.
This is Donald Trump’s first public address since leaving the hospital on Monday. On his return to the White House, the president had given the impression of seeking his breath several times, according to some observers.
The White House has since released videos and the president has spoken on television but this is the first time the general public has had the opportunity to see him live.
The White House refused to disclose the result of the leader’s latest Covid-19 test and declined to say whether it was negative. A White House spokeswoman said on Friday he would be tested again and would not appear in public if it was found that he could still spread the virus.
Asked by Reuters on the sidelines of the demonstration, Scott Atlas, the doctor advising Donald Trump, declined to comment on the latest test carried out by the president. He was not wearing a mask.
Donald Trump, who hammered the theme of security during his campaign, told the audience that the Republican Party had the support of the country’s police force.
“We are on the safe side,” he said.
Donald Trump’s security statements have had a limited impact on his rating in opinion polls that put his Democratic rival Joe Biden a double-digit lead. The gap is, however, narrower in the key states where the outcome of the election could be played out.
(With James Oliphant and Trevor Hunnicutt, French version Gwénaëlle Barzic and Camille Raynaud)