Trump Offers to Donate His Blood to Americans Battling COVID-19
'I’d love to do it,' president said after completing his treatment
President Donald Trump has offered to donate his blood to Americans battling COVID-19, saying he'd "love to" help patients beat the coronavirus.
The president said Friday that he will donate convalescent plasma to other coronavirus sufferers after his body developed antibodies needed to fight off COVID-19.
“I will. Nobody’s asked me that question, actually, but I will,” Trump said during a “medical examination” on Fox News Friday evening.
"If they want me to do it, I’d love to do it."
Trump made the remarks during a “televisit” on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” with Dr. Mark Siegel, a Fox News contributor.
The appearance was the president's first on-camera interview since being hospitalized with the Chinese virus.
On Thursday evening, White House physician Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley said the president had completed his treatment.
Conley cleared Trump to return to his public duties, according to The New York Post.
In August, the White House announced an emergency authorization for convalescent plasma to be used as a coronavirus treatment.
Trump dubbed the move a “truly historic” declaration.
The designation by the Food and Drug Administration will make it easier for COVID-19 patients to obtain the treatment.
The method utilizes the antibody-rich blood plasma of those who have recovered from the virus.
On Saturday, Trump's doctor said the president is no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus.
In a memo, Dr. Conley says Trump meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for safely discontinuing isolation and that by "currently recognized standards" he is no longer considered a transmission risk.
The memo follows Trump's first public appearance since returning to the White House after being treated for the coronavirus.
Hundreds of people gathered Saturday afternoon on the South Lawn for a Trump address on his support for law enforcement from a White House balcony.