US President Donald Trump released a four-minute video message on Wednesday afternoon updating the nation on his battle with the coronavirus, saying “China is going to pay a big price” while calling his infection with COVID-19 “a blessing from God.”
Here is Trump’s message in full:
Hi, perhaps you recognize me. It’s your favorite president, and I am standing in front of the Oval Office of the White House which is always an exciting place to be.
I got back a day ago from Walter Reed Medical Center. I spent four days there. Didn’t have to, I could have stayed in the White House. But the doctor said, “because you are the president, let’s do it.” I said, “Fine, you tell me what to do, I am going to listen.”
These are great professionals. They have done a fantastic job. And by the way, not only in Walter Reed, but all over the country. We have the greatest doctors in the world. We have the greatest nurses, the greatest first responders, law-enforcement by the way, incredible. Firefighters, everybody did great.
We have great people. This is a great country.
I spent four days there. And I went in, I wasn’t feeling so hot, and within a very short period of time, they gave me Regeneron. It’s called Regeneron. And other things too. But I think this was the key.
They gave me Regeneron. It was like unbelievable. I felt good immediately. I felt as good three days ago as I do now.
So, I just want to say, we have Regeneron. We have a very similar drug from Eli Lily. And they are coming out, and we are trying to get them on an emergency basis. We’ll authorize it, I authorize it.
And if you are in hospital and you are feeling really bad, I think we are going to work it. You are going to get it; you are going to get it free. And especially if you are senior, we are going to get you in there quick.
We have hundreds of thousands of doses just about ready. I have emergency use authorization all set. And we are going to get it signed now. And you are going to get better; you are going to get better really fast.
This is something nobody really even thought of a few months ago. The job that the scientists, the labs, everybody, have done is incredible.
Then in addition to this, you have various other drugs that help a lot. But this, I feel this, they call it therapeutic. But to me, it’s wasn’t therapeutic; it just made me better.
Ok, I call that a cure. So, I want to get these things done. So, we have to get them done. We have to get them approved. I want to get them to the hospital where people are feeling bad. They are much more important than a vaccine.
But on the vaccine, we have many companies that are in the final stages of the vaccine, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer. They are all great companies, but many of them. And we are going to have a vaccine very very shortly. I think we should have it before the election.
Frankly, the politics get involved, but that’s ok. They want to play their games. It’s going to be right after the election.
But we did it. Nobody. Nobody else would have been able to do it.
The FDA has acted as quickly as they’ve never acted in history. There’s never been in timing. No president has pushed it like I’ve pushed it, to be honest with you. But the FDA is approving things in a matter of weeks it used to take a matter of years.
So we have these drugs, Eli Lily and the others that are so good, but they are, in my opinion, remember, they are going to say that they are therapeutic, I guess, they are therapeutic. Some people don’t know how to define “therapeutic”. I view it differently.
It’s a cure for me, I walked in, I didn’t feel so good. A short 24 hours later, I was feeling great. I wanted to get out of the hospital.
And that’s what I want for everybody. I want everybody to be given the same treatment as your president because I feel great, I feel like perfect.
So I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise. I caught it; I heard about this drug. I said “let me take it.” It was my suggestion. I said “Let me take it”. And it was incredible the way it works, incredible.
And I think if I didn’t catch it, it would be looking just like another drug. But it really did a fantastic job.
I want to get for you, what I got, and I’m going to make it free. You’re not going to pay for it.
It wasn’t your fault that this happened. It was China’s fault, and China is going to pay a big price, for what they’ve done to this country.
China is going to pay a big price, what they’ve done to the world. This was China’s fault.
Just remember that.
So, we are going to get you the drug. It’s going to be free. We are going to get it into the hospitals as soon as you can, as soon as we can.
And you’ll see some amazing things happen because we have our military is doing the distribution. It’s called logistics. And they deliver hundreds of thousands of troops in a matter of days. This is easy stuff for them.
Our generals are ready. We are waiting for emergency use authorization, and the drug companies have just made a lot of it.
So hopefully, this is going to be not just a therapeutic, it’s going to more than a therapeutic. You are going to get better; you are going to get better fast, just like I did.
So again a blessing in disguise.
From the President’s Twitter Account.
Notes taken by staff.