Donald Trump insisted on Thursday he was ready to resume campaign rallies and felt perfect only one week after his Covid-19 diagnosis, as his doctor said the president had completed his course of therapy for the disease.
Trump has not been seen in public other than in White House-produced videos since his Monday return from the military hospital where he received experimental treatments for the virus.
On Thursday, his physician, Navy Commander Sean Conley, said in a memo that Trump would be able to safely return to public engagements on Saturday, as the president tries to shift his focus to the election that is less than four weeks away, with millions of Americans already casting ballots.
During the interview, the president coughed while discussing his 2016 debate with Hillary Clinton.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says individuals can discontinue isolation 10 days after the onset of symptoms, which for Trump was October 1, according to his doctors.
Doctor Conley said Trump, who has been surrounded by minimal staffing as he works out of the White House residence and the Oval Office, could return to holding events on Saturday.
He added that the president was showing no evidence of his illness progressing or adverse reactions to the aggressive course of therapy prescribed by his doctors.