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Trump defends coronavirus record at first rally since testing positive
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 13 - 10 - 2020

American President Donald Trump, in a bid to get his campaign back on track mere weeks before the presidential election, returned to the campaign trail on Monday to defend his handling of a pandemic that has killed 215,000 Americans.
Thousands came to see Trump in Florida for a rally that lasted an hour. It was his first rally since he tested positive for COVID-19, with Trump joking that he was healthy enough to give voters "a big fat kiss".
Despite some 50,000 daily cases in the US and hundreds of daily deaths, Trump said the country has recovered.
"Under my leadership, we're delivering a safe vaccine and a rapid recovery like no one can even believe," Trump insisted. "If you look at our upward path, no country in the world has recovered the way we have recovered."
Many had questioned whether the president, who tested positive for COVID-19 less than two weeks ago, was still contagious. He declared that he was not.
"I feel so powerful," said Trump, displaying no obvious signs of lingering infection. "I'll walk into that audience. I'll walk in there, I'll kiss everyone in that audience. I'll kiss the guys and the beautiful women... everybody. I'll just give ya a big fat kiss."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, said on Monday on CNN that those who recover from COVID-19 are likely to be immune for a limited period of time, but there are cases emerging of people getting reinfected weeks or months later.
Trump slammed Democrats as "unhinged and out for vengeance" and said there was "tremendous progress" on virus treatments. He claimed that Biden would institute a "draconian" lockdown if he wins in November whereas under Trump, he said normal life would resume.
He has multiple events planned in key states this week including Pennsylvania, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Wisconsin.
Trump's decision to so quickly return to the campaign trail drew criticism from Biden.
"President Trump comes to Sanford today bringing nothing but reckless behavior, divisive rhetoric, and fear mongering," Biden said in a statement. "But, equally dangerous is what he fails to bring: no plan to get this virus that has taken the lives of over 15,000 Floridians under control." — Euronews


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