The US president said his COVID-19 diagnosis could be a “blessing in disguise” for the nation’s battle against the pandemic.
In his first public address since returning to the White House, Trump said, “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.”
In a video message posted on Twitter, Trump said an experimental drug cocktail from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals was key to recovering from the infection. He said it was his suggestion to be treated with the drug, which was rarely used outside clinical trials. “I feel great. I feel, like, perfect,” the president said in the video.
Although, many commentators questioned why God would “bless” Trump along with other White House staff with COVID-19.
So far, over 35 of Trump’s inner circle and White House workers have been diagnosed with the virus in the last week.
Trump has been using videos to update his social media followers on his recovery. In one video posted on Twitter after returning to the Oval Office, he said he felt “great.”
Hours after Trump said he was feeling “great” as a result of the medication, Regeneron filed an application to the US Food and Drug Administration for an emergency approval for the treatment, the New York Times reported. Following Trump’s video, stocks in the company climbed by 3.73% in after-hours trading. It was reported that Trump has an interest in Regeneron, as the company’s CEO, Leonard Schleifer, is a member of the president’s golf club in Westchester. Trump also used to own Regeneron shares, according to his 2017 filing with the Office of Government Ethics. However, the shares were not listed on his most recent filing.