15:27 GMT22 June 2021
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    The president said that when he arrived at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, after testing positive for COVID-19, he was not feeling so well, but now he feels "much better".

    President Donald Trump tweeted a video on Saturday to thank medics for "the incredible job they have been doing" now that he feels "much better", adding that his wife Melania is also feeling well.

    "We are working hard to get me all the way back", Trump said, sitting at a table with a US flag behind him and wearing a suit but no tie. "I'll have to be back because we still have to make America great again".

    While Trump said he's starting to feel good, he added, "You don't know over the next period of a few days - I guess that's the real test, so we'll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days".

    The president also said that as a leader, he has to confront problems, he cannot "be locked upstairs" and "just say whatever happens happens". Trump thanked everyone for the support and said he was fighting for all Americans.

    "I had to be out front, and this is America, this is the United States, this is the greatest country in the world, this is the most powerful country in the world – I can't be locked up in a room upstairs…", Trump said.

    He promised to beat coronavirus "soundly" and finish up his campaign.

    "I'll be back soon and I look forward to finishing up the campaign", he said, adding, "We are going to beat this coronavirus or whatever you're gonna call it and we're gonna beat it soundly".

    On Saturday, White House physician Dr Sean Conley told a media briefing that the president was doing "very well" and was responding positively to treatment. However, a source familiar with Trump's health situation later told reporters that the president's vital signs over the past 24 hours had been concerning.

    Trump has had to enter quarantine and suspend his offline campaign events after testing positive for the novel coronavirus two days ago. The White House said on Friday that the US president was experiencing mild symptoms, was in good spirits and would continue working through the presidential election in November as well as remain on the presidential ballot.

    Trump apparently got infected from his top aide Hope Hicks, who has been travelling alongside the president recently, including to Cleveland for the first presidential debate with Joe Biden.

    Both Biden and his wife have tested negative for COVID-19, so have Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who are next in line to assume presidential duties if Trump cannot fulfil his job.

    The White House, however, said the there has been no transfer, and President Trump will continue to work despite coronavirus.

    Donald Trump, White House, US, pandemic
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