President Donald Trump, still recovering from COVID-19, phoned in to Fox News’ Hannity on Thursday night and dodged host Sean Hannity’s questions as to whether he had been tested for the virus in recent days.
Trump phoned in to speak to Hannity about his condition, but the president was evasive with his answers and sounded hoarse and at one moment had to stop for a coughing fit.
The president spent four days at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda after revealing the shock news of his and first lady Melania Trump’s positive tests for the novel coronavirus early last Friday.
“Have you been tested recently?” Hannity asks the president in the interview.
“Yeah, I just saw the doctors today and they think I’m in great shape. I am in great shape,” Trump replies.
“Did you test negative?” Hannity follows up and asks a more specific question.
“I’ll tell you I took this Regeneron. It’s phenomenal. Eli Lilly has something very comparable and its phenomenal. It’s a whole new day. If you go back a few months, nobody ever thought about this stuff. We came up with it. I’m going to have it delivered to every hospital we have sick people with COVID, with the China virus as we call it. It actually made me better. I went in, I could have left a day later. I’m telling you Sean, it was incredible. That’s Regeneron,” is Trump’s first rambling reply.
“Have you had a test since your diagnosis a week ago?” Hannity asks again a little later.
“Well, what we’re doing is probably the test will be tomorrow, the actual test, because there’s no reason to test all the time. They found very little infection or virus if any. I don’t know if they found any. I didn’t go into it greatly with the doctors. We have these great doctors at Walter Reed and you do rely on them, they are really fantastic talents and they came in from Johns Hopkins also and other places. When you’re president, I never saw so many doctors looking over me,” he said.
“I think I’m the most analyzed human being in the world right now. We have the head people at not only at Walter Reed, which is incredible with the job they do, and also Johns Hopkins and other hospitals. I think they are amazed at how quickly this went, frankly,” says Trump.
Later in the interview, in a discussion about his 2016 debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump’s voice begins to waver and he stops momentarily to clear his throat. He also has trouble with his voice on a few more occasions later in the interview.
Confusion continues to surround the president’s health since his positive diagnosis for COVID-19. The White House has so far refused to say when Trump’s last negative test was.
At least 27 people in Trump’s orbit have also tested positive for the coronavirus amid an outbreak at the White House.
Trump’s interview occurred the same day the president’s doctor said in a letter that Trump “completed his course of therapy” and could continue campaigning this weekend.
Yikes. Trump's voice is extremely hoarse and at one point gave out. pic.twitter.com/kf0gwNyPCI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2020