President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed he has a “protective glow” and is “immune” from COVID-19, despite research indicating it is possible to be reinfected with the virus.
“It seems like I’m immune, so I can go way out of a basement,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo during an interview on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” using a frequent attack line against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who appeared in Erie, Pa., on Saturday.
“It looks like I’m immune for, I don’t know, maybe a long time, maybe a short time. It could be a lifetime. Nobody really knows,” Trump continued, adding that he had a “protective glow” as a result. A study published in September in the journal Nature Medicine, however, indicated that recovery from coronaviruses does not confer lifetime immunity.
Trump was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday after being taken there the previous Friday. The White House has not answered questions about the last time Trump tested negative for the virus.
During the interview, the president also defended his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which he has repeatedly claimed will spontaneously “go away.”
Watch the interview blow form Fox News, viat Talking Points Memo:
When asked what he is doing to ensure safety of attendees at Florida rally, Trump claims he has a "protective glow" pic.twitter.com/edcBqC5L8j
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) October 11, 2020