DONALD TRUMP joked he felt healthy enough to plunge into the crowd and give voters ‘a big fat kiss’ as he held his first campaign rally since contracting Covid-19.
The US president spoke for an hour to a crowd of thousands, where there was little sign of social distancing, in Sanford, Florida, on Monday.
Mr Trump, 74, who was treated with experimental medication, insisted he felt well and was now ‘immune’.
Displaying no obvious signs of infection, he said: ‘I feel so powerful. I’ll walk into that audience. I’ll walk in there, I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women, everybody. I’ll just give you a big fat kiss.’
He said: ‘We’re delivering a safe vaccine and a rapid recovery like no one can even believe,’ adding that ‘no country in the world has recovered the way we have recovered’. Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, said people who recovered from Covid-19 were likely to be immune for a limited time, and holding such a rally ‘could be asking for trouble’. Mr Trump plans events in Iowa, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Wisconsin this week. The US has recorded 215,000 virus deaths.