WASHINGTON — President Trump underwent a “televisit” of sorts on Fox News on Friday evening, his first on-camera interview since being hospitalized with the coronavirus, and admitted he “didn’t feel like how the President of the United States should feel.”
The commander-in-chief was pressed on his experience with the virus during a taped “medical examination” with Dr. Mark Siegel, a Fox News contributor.
“What were your two most prominent symptoms?” Siegel asked the president.
“I didn’t feel strong, didn’t feel really strong. I didn’t have a problem with breathing, which a lot of people have, I didn’t have a problem with that,” Trump said of his hospitalization at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
“But I didn’t feel very strong, I didn’t feel very vital like the President of the United States should feel,” he went on.
It was the president’s first televised interview since being diagnosed with COVID-19 exactly one week ago.
On Thursday evening, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said the president had completed his treatment and cleared him to return to his public duties.
The commander-in-chief, eager to get back on the campaign trail, has since announced a “law and order” speech in front of a crowd on the White House South Lawn and a comeback rally in Florida.
Siegel, 64, is an associate professor of medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center and did not treat the president throughout his coronavirus ordeal.
The physician, who is a Fox News medical contributor, has also been criticized for his remarks on the pandemic after he claimed in March that there was “no reason to believe it’s actually more problematic or deadly than influenza.”
Siegel also called the World Health Organization — a UN body since condemned for failing to crack down on the origins of the plague in Wuhan, China — a bunch of “alarmists” and “saber rattlers.”
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