In a segment on Thursday’s episode of The View, hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar questioned President Donald Trump’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis, saying they didn’t trust him and insinuating that his quick recovery was suspicious.
The conversation took place during a segment on herd immunity, following the recent announcement that Trump’s youngest son, Barron, had tested positive for the virus and recovered.
Trump, 74, used Barron's asymptomatic diagnosis as a rationale for why schools around the country should begin to re-open during remarks made at a Wednesday night rally.
"[Barron] had it for such a short period of time, I don't even think he knew he had it," Trump said. "Because they're young and their immune systems are strong and they fight it off 99.9 percent … Because people have it and it goes. Get the kids back to school, you've got to get the kids back to school."
Citing data regarding the dangers of herd immunity, Goldberg, 64, pushed back on the idea of reopening schools, noting that even an asymptomatic child could pose a danger to others.
“If the child is asymptomatic, you don’t want to send him to the school,” Goldberg said.
As the hosts continued discussing herd immunity, Goldberg interjected, “The more he talks, the less I think he had it,” with Behar, 78, immediately echoing, “Me, too.”
Goldberg went on to say that she’s suspicious of Trump’s diagnosis because of his quick recovery from the virus. After his fever spiked and oxygen levels dropped, Trump was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he spent three days before returning to the White House.
In the days since, the president has made several public appearances, and has traveled to campaign rallies in other states.
“Wait a minute — five days? Five days?” Goldberg said, referring to Trump's first public appearance five days after his hospitalization.
Goldberg then added that Trump is “the only person on the face of the Earth” who has recovered so quickly, while others have “not been able to get out of the bed” for weeks or longer.
“I just feel weird about it,” she said.
“I’m kind of agreeing with you,” Behar said. “He’s a liar. Why would you believe anything he says?”
As co-host Sunny Hostin noted, most people who have severe cases don’t have access to the same drugs as the president, which could help explain his seemingly swift recovery.
“Because its hard to trust him, it’s hard to go with it,” Goldberg responded. “And I hate feeling like that.”
Trump was prescribed a number of medications following his COVID-19 diagnosis, including an experimental antibody from Regeneron and a dose of remdesivir, an antiviral drug initially developed to treat Ebola.
The announcement that he had tested positive for the virus came after months of the president downplaying the disease in public, while privately calling COVID-19 "deadly."
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