Speaking with Tucker Carlson on Fox News in his first on-camera interview since being diagnosed with Covid-19, President Donald Trump has revealed the details of his short battle with the disease currently ravaging the world.
Trump was admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 3 after testing positive for coronavirus. Rumors soon emerged that Trump was seriously ill but reports soon followed that it was just a precautionary measure and that the president was only experiencing mild symptoms.
“I think I didn’t feel strong. I didn’t have a problem with breathing, which a lot of people seem to have. I had none of that, but I didn’t feel very strong. I didn’t feel very vital. I didn’t feel like the president of the U.S. should feel, and I knew there was something a little bit off,” President Trump said during the interview on Fox News.
“And the doctors at Walter Reed were incredible. They came from Johns Hopkins. They came from everywhere. It’s good to be president, I guess, but they were really great people, but I would say more weakness than anything else.”
At first, Trump was treated with an experimental drug cocktail injection and the antiviral medication remdesivir after both he and First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive for coronavirus. Trump was quick to praise the doctors and staff not only treating him but also those across the country carrying out similar work for thousands of others. Trump was moved on to other drugs to treat the Covid-19 and accompanying symptoms.
“I took the Regeneron and Eli Lilly makes a very similar medicine, but you have Regeneron, you have the Eli Lilly version of it. And within a period of 24 hours, I felt very different. I think I could have left the hospital a lot earlier, but it made a tremendous difference… and markedly so, and I just felt very good,” Trump continued, taking questions from Dr. Mark Siegel.
“You would have sort of a sore throat just to add to what we were saying, but I felt really
very, very good after taking this for a period of time, it’s a transfusion, not a shot. And I’d like to send it to everybody. In fact, I’ve said, I’m going to send it to everybody that’s got the problem and we’re going to send it free of charge, including seniors, of course, but we’re going to send it to everybody.”
During the interview, Trump also revealed that he wanted to leave the hospital much earlier than he did but doctors made him stay to conduct tests and complete treatment. Trump also spoke of a short car trip he took during the stay in order to wave and say hello to fans waiting outside the hospital.
Because of Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis and subsequent stay in hospital, the organizers of the ongoing presidential debates chose to make the second iteration virtual. Trump refused to take part in a debate that was not face-to-face, accusing the move as being designed to ‘protect’ his rival Joe Biden.
The second debate has now been scrapped entirely and instead each candidate will appear on national television at the same time, fielding questions from voters on different networks.
“I just think that you were tired. It was just getting to you from the standpoint you didn’t have that same energy level. And my life is based a little bit on energy and you didn’t have it.
And I don’t know, it could have led to bad things from that point. I don’t know, but I got lucky, I think with a certain medicine, but it really was something. I took a certain medicine that was very miraculous to me. I think I really don’t believe it’s just in the head either. I really believe it worked,” Trump said during the interview.
President Trump’s town hall event will take place in Miami, Florida and will be broadcast live on NBC at 8PM Eastern. A similar format will be used for Biden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and will be aired on ABC at the same time. This means viewers will not be able to watch both events live and the move has drawn criticism, mostly towards NBC, who announced the broadcasting decision last Wednesday, days after ABC confirmed the date and time for Biden’s broadcast.
“Now, I have such great access to medical. We have a white house doctor, who’s great. And you have so many great doctors. So it’s a lot easier for me than somebody that doesn’t have access to a doctor so easily where it’s a big deal to see a doctor, but here we have them all over the White House, frankly, they’re watching every corner. But I think very important for me was very early, as soon as I felt something and I’m thinking about it because I see what’s going on and a lot of people are around me, even though there’s tremendous testing, but a lot of people are around me.”