Trump coughs during his call-in interview on Hannity but says he's feeling 'really good'

Jake Lahut
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  • President Donald Trump interrupted himself during a call-in interview on Fox News on Thursday night to clear his throat to the point of a stifled cough.

  • The host Sean Hannity did not acknowledge the moment and kept the interview moving.

  • Hannity did ask Trump how he was doing following his discharge from the hospital with COVID-19, and Trump said he was feeling "really great."

  • Trump also announced plans to hold a rally "probably in Florida" on Saturday night and said he would get "the test" for the coronavirus on Friday to see whether he's negative.

  • The president cleared his throat later in the interview when talking about absentee ballots.

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President Donald Trump had difficulty speaking at one point during his call-in Fox News interview on Thursday night, clearing his throat to the point of a stifled cough before the sound cut out, leading to a pause lasting several seconds.

Trump announced almost exactly a week earlier that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump was hospitalized for three nights at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for testing and treatment for COVID-19. 

On Thursday, Trump told Hannity he was doing "great" but dodged questions about when he was most recently tested, saying he would be tested Friday.

Trump hasn't confirmed testing negative for the virus since May, and the White House has been refusing to say when he most recently tested negative.

"The test will be tomorrow — the actual test, because there's no need to test all the time," Trump told Hannity.

Elsewhere in the interview, Trump announced plans to hold a rally "probably in Florida" on Saturday night. He also floated having another in Pennsylvania afterward, though it remains unclear whether he is still contagious with a highly contagious deadly disease.

Trump also cleared his throat later in the interview when talking about absentee ballots.

 

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