In a tweet sent today, the strongly medicated President continued to downplay the disease, claiming he will betaking part in the next TV debate, despite being told by doctors he was “not out of the woods yet”
Gasping for air as he returned to the White House, Covid carrier Donald Trump invoked fury as he compared the virus to the common flu telling people to “live with it”.
In a tweet sent today the strongly medicated President continued to downplay the disease despite being told by doctors he was “not out of the woods yet”.
He claimed “many people” die every year from the flu and said: “Are we going to close down our country?
“No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal.”
Trump’s cavalier approach was attacked by his Presidential rival Joe Biden, who said the US leader was “responsible” for his infection before blasting the “macho” attitude that avoids mask-wearing.
“Anybody who contracts the virus by essentially saying, ‘masks don’t matter, social distancing doesn’t matter,’ I think is responsible for what happens to them,” Biden said as he spoke at a televised town hall event in Florida on Monday night.
The former Vice President again lobbied for mask-wearing and blasted those who refuse to do so.
“What is this macho thing, ‘I’m not going to wear a mask?’ What’s the deal here? Big deal, does it hurt you? Be patriotic for god’s sake. Take care of yourself, but take care of your neighbours,” he added.
More than 210,000 Americans have died since Covid broke out in the States with a further 7.5 million infected.
As Trump arrived back at home on Monday night his every move was filmed for a campaign video.
When he reach the top of the White House he defiantly whipped off his mask and saluted, visibly struggling for breath.
Hours later he posted a video on his return.
President Donald Trump said of the virus that people should “live with it” (Image: REUTERS)
Joe Biden has called on Americans to take the virus seriously (Image: REUTERS)
“We’re going back. We’re going back to work. We’re gonna be out front. As your leader, I had to do that. I knew there’s danger to it but I had to do it,” Trump said.
“I stood out front. I led. Nobody that’s a leader would not do what I did.
“I know there’s a risk, there’s a danger,” Trump said, despite his doctors earlier saying he is still not fully “out of the woods” in his fight with the virus.
A still infectious Trump ignored advisers who wanted him to stay admitted at the Walter Reed Military National Military Medical Centre where he spent three nights.
He said he still plans to debate Biden next week ahead of the US election on November 3.
“I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great,” he tweeted.
President Donald Trump looks out from the Truman Balcony after being treated for coronavirus (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
Yesterday Michelle Obama joined Biden in condemning Trump in a brutal new video accusing him of “willful mismanagement” of the coronavirus crisis and of racism.
The former first lady called on black and young voters not to “waste” their ballots in the November presidential election.
She highlighted how Covid-19 has killed more Americans than the Iraq,
Afghanistan, Vietnam and Korean wars combined, adding: “Our commander in chief, sadly, has been missing in action.”
Mrs Obama then accused the president of being “racist” when he and other Republicans are “lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs”, which she says is meant to “distract from his breathtaking failures”.
She also calls on undecided voters “to think about all those folks like me and my ancestors” and have some empathy for what it is like “to walk around your own country scared that someone’s unjustified fear of you could put you in harm’s way”.
She was joined in her attack by thousands on social media who blasted Trump for downplaying the disease in public even though he fully knows of its seriousness.
He once told Watergate journalists Bob Woodward it was five times more “deadly” thank the flu.
Meanwhile, the virus continues to rip through the White House, which has become a hotspot amid flagrant violations of social distancing as 13 members of staff have now been infected.