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Donald Trump arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Trump in video from hospital says he’s feeling good, next few days will be ‘the real test’

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President Trump on Saturday tweeted out a video message from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as he undergoes treatment for COVID-19, saying he felt his condition had improved over the past day but acknowledged he was not out of the woods yet.

“I came here. Wasn’t feeling so well. I feel much better now,” Trump said in the four-minute video clip, where he is sitting behind a desk wearing a blue jacket and a white dress shirt with the top button undone.

“We’re working hard to get me all the way back,” he continued. “I have to be back because we still have to make America great again.”

But Trump acknowledged that the coming days would be critical for his health.

“Over the next period of a few days, I guess that’s the real test,” he said. “So we’ll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days.”

The president said he was given the option to isolate at the White House after testing positive for the virus and undergo treatment from the residence. But he suggested that doing so would have sent the wrong message.

“I can’t do that. I had to be out front, and this is America. This is the United States. This is the greatest country in the world. This is the most powerful country in the world,” Trump said.

“I can’t be locked up in a room upstairs and totally safe and just say, ‘Hey, whatever happens, happens.’ I can’t do that. We have to confront problems. As a leader, you have to confront problems,” he continued.

Trump expressed his gratitude to the medical team at Walter Reed and to Americans and world leaders who have expressed condolences and sent their well-wishes.

What about the election campaign?

“I think I’ll be back soon and I look forward to finishing up the campaign the way it was started,” Mr Trump said in his Twitter message.

The president’s campaign team said on Saturday it will move forward “at full speed” until Mr Trump can return to the campaign trail.

It is calling on top “surrogates”, including Mr Trump’s sons Donald Jr and Eric, and Vice-President Mike Pence to “carry the campaign forward” for the time being.

Dubbed “Operation Maga”, a campaign spokesperson told Fox News the first event will be a virtual rally on Monday.

Vice-President Pence Pence, who tested negative on Friday, is scheduled to debate Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Wednesday.

Democratic challenger Joe Biden has continued his campaign and held a virtual event on Saturday.




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