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Trump tests negative for coronavirus ahead of Florida rally – White House doctor

October 13, 2020 09:17 AM

Defiant Trump defends virus record in 1st post-COVID rally

SANFORD, Floriida/ Washington, October 12
US President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus, the White House physician announced, shortly before the start of a campaign rally in Sanford, Florida on Monday, his first since he was diagnosed with Covid-19.

The president has tested negative “on consecutive days, ” Dr. Sean Conley said in a statement released to the press by White House press secretary Kayl

Meanwhile, Defiant as ever about the coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Monday turned his first campaign rally since contracting COVID-19 into a full-throated defense of his handling of the pandemic that has killed 215, 000 Americans, joking that he was healthy enough to plunge into the crowd and give voters “a big fat kiss."

There was no social distancing and mask-wearing was spotty among the thousands who came to see Trump's return to Florida. He held forth for an hour, trying to get his struggling campaign back on track with just weeks left before Election Day.

“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."

His voice was perhaps a touch scratchy but otherwise, Trump was, well, Trump.

With three weeks to go before the election, Trump is pushing to correct a stubborn deficit in national and battleground state polling as he continues to spread misinformation about a virus that he spent months downplaying.

That includes in Florida, which is seen as crucial to his reelection chances. Trump narrowly beat his 2016 rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, in the state by just over 112, 000 votes. Some recent polls have suggested a close race in the state, while others have put Democrat Joe Biden ahead.

Reuters/ AP 

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