President Donald Trump, confined to the White House where he is being treated for COVID-19, said on Thursday he does not believe he is contagious and is feeling good enough to resume campaign rallies as he tries to boost his reelection bid.
“I’m back because I’m a perfect physical specimen,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo on her Fox Business show “Mornings With Maria” in his first interview since it was revealed nearly a week ago that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Trump’s contention he was no longer contagious was not yet backed up by solid evidence from his doctors. The White House has refused to say when his last negative test for the virus was and, as a result, it is unclear how long he has been positive.
The Republican president is under pressure to actively campaign again to try to inject new energy into his reelection bid as he faces a deficit in opinion polls in battleground states with Election Day now less than four weeks away.
“I’m feeling good, really good,” said Trump, who spent three nights being treated at a military hospital outside Washington until his discharge on Monday. Trump said he had stopped taking “most therapeutics” for the virus but was still on steroids.
“I feel perfect,” he said. “There is nothing wrong.”
He added that he he would “love to do a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night.”