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Trump says he would ‘love’ to donate his plasma after bout with COVID-19, declares he’s off coronavirus medication

In his first on-camera interview since being diagnosed with COVID-19, President Donald Trump proclaimed that he is no longer taking coronavirus medication. Trump divulged details about his battle with COVID-19 during an interview and “medical evaluation” with Dr. Marc Siegel, a medical contributor to Fox News and associate professor of medicine at New York University since 1988.

During Siegel’s interview with the president that aired on Friday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Trump gave an update on his health and said he is off coronavirus medication.

Siegel first asked Trump how he feels. “I feel really good. I feel very strong,” Trump replied. “I know a lot of people that have had the COVID or the China virus as I call it because it came from China. But I feel really, really strong and a lot of people don’t feel that way sometimes for awhile afterwards but are very good.”

Trump said he had either beat COVID-19 or the respiratory disease is in remission. “I haven’t found out numbers or anything yet, but I have been retested and I know that I am at either of the bottom of the scale or free,” Trump said

“Right now, I am medication free,” Trump said during the interview. “I’m not taking any medications as of probably eight hours ago. I’m medication free which, frankly, makes me feel good. I don’t like medication.”

“We pretty much finished and now we’ll see how things go,” Trump continued. “Pretty much nothing. We’ve had our final doses of just about everything.”

Trump praised the experimental coronavirus antibody treatment manufactured by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, which he was given while he was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center.

“Actually, the original transfusion, that’s supposed to last for about four months, you know that?” Trump said. “The antibodies? And I think you’re supposed to be protected anywhere from two to four months and maybe longer than that, I don’t know.”

“They tested the lungs … with different machinery … and it tested good,” Trump explained. “Initially, I think they had some congestion in there, but ultimately it tested good, and with each day it got better, and I think that’s why they wanted me to stay frankly.”

Siegel asked the president how he thought he contracted coronavirus, Trump answered, “I don’t know. They had some big events at the White House and perhaps there.”

“Nobody really knows for sure. Numerous people have contracted it, but, you know, people have contracted it all over the world,” President Trump added. “It’s highly contagious. That’s one thing you learn. This is a contagious disease.”

Trump told Siegel that he would “love” to donate his convalescent plasma to help other COVID-19 patients.

When asked by Siegel if he would donate his plasma, Trump responded, “I will. Nobody’s asked me that question, actually, but I will. If that’s if they want me to do it, I’d love to do it.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states:

“Convalescent refers to anyone recovering from a disease. Plasma is the yellow, liquid part of blood that contains antibodies. Antibodies are proteins made by the body in response to infections. Convalescent plasma from patients who have already recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may contain antibodies against COVID-19. Giving this convalescent plasma to hospitalized people currently fighting COVID-19 may help them recover.”

In August, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for “investigational convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19.”

On Thursday, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley gave Trump the green light to “return to public engagements” as soon as Saturday.

President Trump will hold an in-person event at the White House on Saturday, then return to the campaign trail with a rally in Florida on Monday, his first campaign event since he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to treat the virus.

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‘We’ll keep asking’: Chris Wallace calls out Joe Biden for turning down interview after Trump taunted rival

Fox News host Chris Wallace called out presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Sunday for turning down an interview. The challenge issued by Wallace arrives a week after President Donald Trump sat down with Wallace in what was at times a contentious interviederw35wqw.

“In our interview last week with President Trump, he questioned whether his Democratic opponent Joe Biden could handle a similar encounter,” said Wallace at the end of his “Fox News Sunday” show. “Well this week we asked the Biden campaign for an interview, and they said the former vice president was not available.”

President Trump retweeted a video clip of Wallace announcing that the Biden campaign rejected his interview invitation.

During Trump’s interview with Wallace last Sunday, the president questioned whether Biden could handle the same scrutiny that he received during the interview.

“Let Biden sit through an interview like this,” Trump said last week. “He’ll be on the ground crying for mommy. He’ll say, ‘Mommy, mommy, please, take me home.'”

At one point during the at-times contentious interview, the president asked his staffers to fact-check the Fox News host.

After the interview aired, Wallace credited Trump for fielding his questions for an hour.

“The fact is, the president is out there. He’s out there in this broiling heat with me for an hour, he took all the questions,” Wallace told his colleague Bret Baier. “You can like his answers or dislike them but he had answers and Joe Biden hasn’t faced that kind of scrutiny, hasn’t faced that kind of exposure.”

The last time that Biden sat down for an interview with Wallace was on March 1, two days before Super Tuesday, at a time when he wasn’t a lock to win the Democratic primary. In that interview, Biden accidentally called the Fox News host “Chuck,” possibly confusing him with NBC’s Chuck Todd.

Last week, President Trump received a much less challenging interview when he spoke to Barstool Sports President Dave Portnoy. In the very casual, matter-of-fact conversation, Trump revealed that he “often” regrets sending out certain tweets or retweets.

Biden seems to have lingering issues with frequent gaffes, which has sparked speculations that he may have a cognitive impairment. A new survey from Rasmussen Reports found that 20% of Democrats and 38% of all likely U.S. voters believe that Biden suffers from some sort of cognitive impairment.

BlazeTV’s Sara Gonzales, host of “News and Why it Matters,” wants to know what is happening with Biden’s speech issues.

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President Trump calls Dr. Fauci a ‘bit of an alarmist’ who ‘made mistakes,’ but says they have ‘good relationship’

President Donald Trump said Anthony Fauci is a “little bit of an alarmist” in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” President Trump added that he also has a “very good relationship” with Fauci, one of the lead members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

In a lengthy interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace recorded on Friday and released on Sunday, Trump gave his opinions on Fauci and the job he has done responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Dr. Fauci’s made some mistakes,” Trump said of the nation’s top infectious-disease expert. “But I have a very good — I spoke to him yesterday at length. I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci.”

Previously, Trump hadn’t spoken to Fauci since early June.

“Dr. Fauci at the beginning said, ‘This will pass. Don’t worry about it. This will pass.’ He was wrong,” Trump told Wallace. “Dr. Fauci said, ‘Don’t ban China. Don’t ban China.’ I did. He then admitted that I was right.”

Trump added that one of Fauci’s mistakes was his original stance that wearing of masks wasn’t necessary. In the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., Fauci informed the public that they shouldn’t purchase face masks.

In mid-June, Fauci explained why he told Americans they didn’t need face masks in an interview with TheStreet.

“Well, the reason for that is that we were concerned the public health community, and many people were saying this, were concerned that it was at a time when personal protective equipment, including the N95 masks and the surgical masks, were in very short supply,” Fauci said last month. “And we wanted to make sure that the people namely, the health care workers, who were brave enough to put themselves in a harm way, to take care of people who you know were infected with the coronavirus and the danger of them getting infected.”

Last week, Fauci urged governors and mayors “to be as forceful as possible in getting your citizenry to wear masks.”

Trump said the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is “a little bit of an alarmist — that’s OK.”

Wallace asked President Trump if he takes responsibility for his role in the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Look I take responsibility always for everything because it’s ultimately my job too, I have to get everybody in line,” Trump responded. “Some governors have done well, some governors have done poorly. They’re supposed to have supplies they didn’t have, I supplied everybody.”

Last week, a White House memo leaked that attempted to discredit Fauci, and the coronavirus task force member was referred to as “Dr. Gloom and Doom.”

Fauci gave an interview to The Atlantic, where he said that attacks by members of Trump’s administration to discredit him are “bizarre.”

“I think if you sit down and talk to the people who are involved in that list that came out, they are really, I think, taken aback by what a big mistake that was,” Fauci said. “I think if you talk to reasonable people in the White House, they realize that was a major mistake on their part, because it doesn’t do anything but reflect poorly on them. And I don’t think that that was their intention. I cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that. I think they realize now that that was not a prudent thing to do, because it’s only reflecting negatively on them.”