President TrumpDonald John TrumpJaime Harrison debates Graham behind plexiglass shield Doctors, White House staff offer conflicting messages on president’s health Trump given second dose of Remdesivir ‘without complication’, ‘not yet out of the woods’, Conley says MORE on Sunday said he “learned a lot about COVID” since his diagnosis, calling his time undergoing treatment the “real school” about the highly contagious virus that has infected more than 7.4 million people in the U.S.
“It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the let’s-read-the-books school,” Trump said in a video posted to Twitter. “And I get it, and I understand it and it’s a very interesting thing and i’m going to be letting you know about it.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2020
Trump has been widely criticized by Democrats for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 209,00 people in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. It is the highest number of cases and fatalities reported by any country.
Trump’s critics have called out the president for at times undermining public health guidance issued by his own administration, including holding large in-person campaign rallies without mask or social distancing requirements.
In the video Sunday, Trump also said he planned to greet supporters who had gathered outside the Walter Reed Medical Center where Trump is being treated for the coronavirus. He was taken to the hospital on Friday, after he announced he and his wife had tested positive for the virus.
Trump, in a mask, was seen waving in the backseat as his motorcade passed by in footage released moments after the video was posted.
Patients who test positive for COVID-19, a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus, are typically required to be quarantined for 14 days.
Since Trump announced his positive test, a growing number of Republican officials in his orbit have said they have tested positive for the coronavirus.