… As Trump holds his first in-person meeting amid concerns about the spread of the virus
US President Donald Trump held his first in-person event on Saturday since testing positive for the coronavirus, proclaiming that he is “feeling great,” as he seeks to restart his beleaguered bid for re-election.
“We have to vote for these people to forget,” Trump said, addressing hundreds of supporters from the White House balcony.
“We are starting very, very big with our rallies and with our everything, because we cannot allow our country to become a socialist nation,” he added.
Trump’s public commitment comes after the White House doctor gave the president the green light Thursday to come out of coronavirus isolation this weekend, after he tested positive 10 days ago.
Later on Saturday, Trump’s doctor, Sean Conley, said that the president “is no longer seen as a transmission risk to others.”
However, Conley did not say whether Trump received a negative coronavirus test, raising concerns that the doctor’s brief memo on Saturday did not accurately describe the president’s health situation.
According to guidelines from US health agencies, people who contract the coronavirus can remain contagious for at least 10 days after symptoms appear, although this can last even longer in the most severe cases. .
There appeared to be no social distancing among the hundreds of Trump supporters in the White House, part of an organization of conservative black and Latino voters, although many supporters wore masks.
“We make sure to take precautions,” White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said Saturday before the event.
Trump left the White House wearing a mask that he quickly removed before speaking for about 20 minutes.
He reiterated his claim that the virus, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans, is “disappearing” and is touted as the best president of the black community “since Abraham Lincoln.”
The president, who trails Democratic candidate Joe Biden by a significant margin in the polls, has eagerly sought to campaign in person again after his illness sent him to the hospital for days.
Saturday’s event functioned as a campaign rally, although it was scheduled as part of Trump’s presidential duties.
On Monday the president will hold his first official rally in Florida.
Trump’s insistence on in-person events contradicts his own public health experts, who say avoiding large groups along with social distancing and wearing masks are essential to fighting the pandemic.
The White House has already faced criticism for hosting large events that largely dispense with the use of masks and that appear to have spread the virus.
America’s leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Friday that a meeting in the White House rose garden on Sept. 26 was a “wide-spread event” after numerous people in attendance joined in. infected, including Trump.
Trump’s first campaign rally during the pandemic in June is also believed to have contributed to a surge in the coronavirus in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to local officials. (dpa / NAN)