A coughing Trump announces plans for weekend rallies

Washington DC, Oct 8 (efe-epa).- Speaking hoarsely and coughing in an interview, the president of the United States announced Thursday that he plans to organize presidential campaign rallies over the weekend.

During a phone interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Donald Trump, who is recovering from COVID-19 and spoke in a hoarse voice, said he feels “so good.” At times he had to interrupt his responses to clear his throat and cough.

“I think I’m going to try doing a rally on Saturday night if we can, if we have enough time to put it together,” Trump announced.

“But we want to do a rally in Florida, probably in Florida on Saturday night,” he added.

The president also announced his plans to host a second rally Sunday night, this time in Pennsylvania.

Asked if he had been tested for COVID-19 since he announced he had the virus in the early hours of last Friday, Trump said that “there’s no reason to test all the time.”

He added that he will “probably” be tested Friday and said “they found very little infection or virus – if any, I don’t even know if they found any,” apparently referring to his stay in Walter Reed military hospital where he was treated.

Before the interview, Trump’s physician Sean Conley had said that the president would be able to participate again in public events from Saturday, given that he has completed his treatment for COVID-19.

“Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the president’s safe return to public engagements at that time,” Conley said in his most recent statement on Trump’s condition.

Conley added that “since returning home (Monday) his physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness. Overall he’s responded extremely well to treatment, without evidence on examination of adverse therapeutic effects.”

Meanwhile, Trump on Thursday refused to participate in the second presidential debate if it is held virtually, and attempted to disrupt the election calendar by asking that the dates be changed for the two remaining encounters with Democratic challenger Joe Biden, whose campaign rejected that notion out of hand. EFE-EPA


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