Donald Trump has claimed he has a “protective glow” after being given the all-clear from coronavirus by White House medical staff.
The US president also declared himself immune to the virus, despite official guidance from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention warning that recovering from COVID-19 does not make a patient immune to the virus.
His comments come a day before a scheduled rally in Sanford, Florida, followed by another in Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Iowa on Wednesday, with campaigning continuing ahead of election day on 3 November.
“I beat this crazy, horrible China virus,” the president told Fox News in a phone call on Sunday, 10 days after his coronavirus diagnosis was confirmed by the White House.
He said he had passed “the highest test” and “the highest standards”, adding: “I have to tell you, I feel fantastically. I really feel good.
“I even feel good by the fact that, you know, the word ‘immunity’ means something – having really a protective glow means something. I think it’s very important to have that, to have that is a very important thing,” he added.
“The doctors, the White House doctors, as you know are the best, and they said – totally free of spreading. There’s no spread,” he said.