In the days following President Donald Trump’s announcement that he tested positive for the coronavirus, supporters and critics alike have been interested in learning more about his health and recovery.
The president addressed the subject in a video released by the White House on Thursday, telling viewers that his illness began on a rocky course and even admitting that he had been “very sick” at the outset, as reported by Fox News.
“You’re going to get it free”
The president went on to tout the effects of an “incredible” drug he received during his weekend stay at Walter Reed Medical Center.
While some Democrats have accused the Trump administration of downplaying his symptoms and the severity of his infection, he offered a candid assessment that his stay at the hospital was no picnic.
“I went into the hospital a week ago,” he said, according to Fox. “I was very sick.”
Trump said he is doing much better, though, citing the impact of Regeneron.
“I took this medicine and it was incredible,” the president said. “You’re going to get the same medicine. You’re going to get it free. No charge. And we’re going to get it to you soon.”
“A reasonably good chance”
White House coronavirus task force leader Dr. Anthony Fauci shared in Trump’s optimism, declaring this week that there is “a reasonably good chance that in fact it made him much better.”
Days after returning to the executive residence from the hospital, the president told reporters that he was symptom-free, using the experience to reiterate his belief that Americans should not live in fear of the pandemic virus, as Fox reported separately.
Nevertheless, a number of Democratic Party leaders are accusing the president of behaving in a cavalier manner concerning COVID-19 in general and returning to work too soon after his positive test result.
For her part, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has gone so far as to introduce legislation referencing the 25th Amendment’s provision for removing a sitting president who is unable to perform the duties of the office.
Of course, such a proposal has no chance of actually succeeding — but it remains unlikely that even the president’s frank self-assessment will derail the Democratic talking point that he might be hiding a more serious infection than his administration has acknowledged.