ILLUSTRATION. United States President Donald Trump removes his protective mask as he stands on the Truman Balcony of the White House.
Source: Reuters | Editor: Herlina Kartika Dewi
KONTAN.CO.ID – WASHINGTON. United States President Donald Trump has appeared in public for the first time since being diagnosed with Covid-19.
Quoting Reuters, Sunday (11/10), Trump stood without wearing a mask and spoke from the balcony of the White House at an event called “Peaceful rally for law and order”, urging crowds of hundreds of supporters to get votes in the November 3 presidential election.
Amid follow-up questions about whether he still has the potential to transmit the virus to others, Trump’s appearance is seen as the first step to continuing the campaign next week.
Trump is scheduled to campaign in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Iowa, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, respectively.
Speaking decisively and without hesitation, Trump delivered a shorter-than-usual campaign speech, praising his record for fighting crime and boosting the US economy, while criticizing Democrats. A flesh colored bandage appeared on his right hand.
“I feel amazing,” he told the crowd.
Those who gathered wore masks, although most did not comply with social distancing guidelines.
It is the first time Trump has appeared in public since he was discharged from the hospital following a three-night hospitalization on Monday. Some observers who witnessed his return to the White House said he appeared to be short of breath at times.
The White House has released a video and Trump has been calling for a television show ever since, but this is the first chance supporters have to see the president in person.
The White House has not released Trump’s latest Covid-19 test results and declined to say when he last tested negative.
Trump first revealed he was positive on October 2 and on Thursday said he was no longer contagious, which some experts said was unlikely.
The White House last gave a public assessment of Trump’s health status on Thursday when the president’s doctor, Dr Sean Conley, said in a memo that Trump had completed therapy for the coronavirus, had responded “very well” to treatment, and gave him permission to public involvement.
Editor: Herlina Kartika Dewi