KEY POINTS

  • Masks and social distancing was lacking at Trump's first rally after his bout COVID-19 in Florida
  • Trump boasted about his immunity to coronavirus and continued downplaying the pandemic's danger
  • Health experts questioned the actual state Trump is in given contradictory information provided and the treatments prescribed by his physicians

President Donald Trump told supporters at his first rally since being diagnosed with COVID-19 he felt "powerful" and wanted to "kiss everyone in that audience."

As he has from the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump dowmplayed the severity of the disease that had killed more than 215,000 Americans and infected more than 7.8 million as of Tuesday morning. Few rallygoers wore face masks or practiced social distancing, both pandemic control measures recommended by public health officials.

Before Monday’s rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport, White House doctors said Trump had tested negative for coronavirus “on consecutive days” though they didn’t say when the last tests took place.

“One thing with me, the nice part, I went through it, now they say I’m immune. … I feel so powerful,” Trump said during the rally. “I’ll walk in there. I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys, and the beautiful women, and the — everybody. I’ll just give you a big fat kiss.”

Trump encouraged the public to get out despite the recent case surges across the country.

“The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself,” Trump said. “If you want to stay, stay. Relax. Stay. But, if you want to get out there, get out.”

Trump spent a weekend Walter Reed National Military Medical Center being treated for COVID-19. He received experimental treatments though doctors were cagey about the severity of his condition.

Health experts were somewhat concerned about the actual state Trump’s health given the treatments. He was given two experimental treatments: Gilead's Remdesivir, which has proved to be effective in early trials but has yet to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with Regeneron's antibody cocktail.

He also received dexamethasone, a powerful steroid that can interfere with the thinking process. Experts said Trump was either in worse shape than his doctors said or the steroid was incorrectly administered.

He also was treated with famotidine, zinc, vitamin D, melatonin and a daily aspirin.

“Suddenly, they’re throwing the kitchen sink at him,” Northwell Health physician-in-chief Thomas McGinn told the New York Times. “It raises the question: Is he sicker than we’re hearing, or are they being overly aggressive because he is the president, in a way that could be potentially harmful?”

Trump has been boasting about his health since coming out of his treatment and completing his required 10-day quarantine in the White House.

“It does give you … a good feeling when you can beat something and now they say, ‘You’re immune,’” Trump said. “I don’t know for how long. Some people say for life. Some people say for four months.”

President Donald Trump appears maskless before hundreds of supporters for his first public event since contracting Covid-19, declaring from the White House balcony that the US will defeat what he calls 'the China virus." Trump addresses a cheering crowd o
President Donald Trump appears maskless before hundreds of supporters for his first public event since contracting Covid-19, declaring from the White House balcony that the US will defeat what he calls 'the China virus." Trump addresses a cheering crowd of hundreds, most wearing masks but with very little social distancing at the outdoor event. DC POOL
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