therapies

Trump has completed COVID-19 therapies, can do public events Saturday

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s physician said on Thursday that Trump had completed his course of therapy for the novel coronavirus, had remained stable since returning to the White House and could resume public engagements on Saturday.

Dr. Sean Conley said in a memo released by the White House that Trump had responded “extremely well” to treatment without any evidence of adverse effects.

Trump was hospitalized on Friday after he announced he had contracted the coronavirus. He returned to the White House on Monday.

“Since returning home, his physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness,” Conley wrote. “Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President’s safe return to public engagements at that time.”

Trump, confined to the White House with the illness that he has sought to play down, has been itching to return to the campaign trail as he trails Democratic candidate Joe Biden in national polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

The president has been criticized both for his administration’s handling of the pandemic and for his response to his own diagnosis.

Earlier on Thursday Trump said did not believe he was contagious and was feeling good enough to resume campaign rallies.

Trump has held such rallies indoors and outdoors with thousands of people, many of whom do not wear masks, against the advice of public health professionals.

“I’d love to do a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night,” Trump told Fox Business Network, adding that “if I’m at a rally, I stand by myself very far away from everybody.”

The White House has declined to say when Trump last tested