“I have to tell you, I feel fantastically. I really feel good. And I even feel good by the fact that, you know, the word immunity means something — having really a protective glow means something. I think it’s very important to have that, to have that is a very important thing,” the president said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.
The White House first announced Mr Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis on Thursday, 1 October.
“I beat this crazy horrible China virus,” he said.
While Mr Trump said he did not know whether he would be immune from Covid-19 forever or only for a time — “no one knows,” he said — he made several misleading statements about the disease and how it affects patients who have had it.
“Once you do recover, you’re immune,” Mr Trump said.
He then appeared to tout his illness and recovery from Covid-19 as a chip in his stack against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who has not caught the virus.
While Mr Trump attended events throughout the summer without wearing masks or socially distancing, Mr Biden has been urging Americans to follow his example wearing them and taking all precautions outlined by the Centres for Disease Control.
“Now you have a president who doesn’t have to hide in a basement like his opponent. You have a president who is immune, which is a big — I think, which is a very important thing, frankly,” Mr Trump said on Sunday.
Mr Trump has been eager to get back on the campaign trail after missing more than 10 days with his illness.
Several public polls last week showed him losing the national popular vote by more than 10 percentage points and trailing in key swing states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, and Florida.
Mr Trump will speak to supporters in Sanford, Florida, on Monday.
Vice President Mike Pence held a packed rally on Saturday in Florida, at the world’s largest retirement community, with mainly maskless supporters cheering him on and several then needing medical assistance due to the heat.
Mr Trump has promised that his campaign event in Sanford this week will be a “BIG RALLY.”
White House physician Dr Sean Conley said in a memo on Thursday that the president would make a “safe return to public engagements” by the weekend, but Mr Trump’s doctors have not said whether he has tested negative twice since recovering from the illness, the benchmark suggested by public health experts for returning to social activities.
Mr Trump plans to hold evening rallies in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday and in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday.
Election Day is 3 November, just over three weeks away.