President Trump on Tuesday tweeted he’s “FEELING GREAT” after being released from the hospital and intends to be in Miami on Oct. 15 for the second presidential debate against Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump, still positive for COVID-19, tweeted, “I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!”
Trump, 74, returned to the White House on Monday evening after three nights at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
“I feel better than I did 20 years ago!” Trump wrote Monday before returning to the White House aboard the Marine One helicopter.
“He’s back,” Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, told reporters at a press conference outside the hospital on Monday afternoon.
Conley said Trump was “back to his old self” but “may not be entirely out of the woods” while still experiencing the virus that infected 7.4 million Americans and killed 210,000 since March.
Trump received experimental “polyclonal antibodies” and oxygen at the White House on Friday after being diagnosed with the virus Thursday. At the hospital, he received doses of the antiviral drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone.
Conley would not tell reporters the results of Trump’s lung scans, but said ”he has not been on any fever reducing medications for over 72 hours.” Conley said Trump’s vital signs were great and he had no more respiratory complaints.
Trump’s reelection campaign said the president is anxious to get back to the stump as the election enters a critical period with less than a month to go before the Nov. 3 vote.
Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told CNN Monday that “it is the president’s intention to debate” Biden in Miami.
“Once he gets out of the hospital, he’s ready to get back to the campaign trail,” senior campaign advisor Jason Miller told NBC. “He sounded pretty energetic.”
Trump returns to the White House as many senior aides also disclosed infections in the past week.
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien and Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel disclosed infections, as did three Republican senators — Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Thom Tills of North Carolina — and various attendees of a Sept. 26 Rose Garden event where Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany disclosed she tested positive. At least two other White House press aides and three White House journalists were infected in the past week, as was senior adviser Hope Hicks and “body man” Nick Luna.