Trump Pushes Back On Claims He Told Coronavirus Patients To ‘Go To Work’

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Anders Hagstrom White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump attacked media figures Thursday who claimed he told coronavirus patients to “go to work” despite having the virus.

The comments in question came during Trump’s appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Wednesday night, where he pointed out that many people who contract the coronavirus get better without treatment and even continue working while they’re sick.

“Here is the President of the United States telling the country it’s ok to go to work with Coronavirus. I’m not kidding,” wrote Matt Rogers, the chief of staff for a Democratic state senator in Virginia. (RELATED: Trump Admin Reverses Obama-Era Regulation Responsible For Coronavirus Testing Roadblock)

Here is the full text of the comment in question:

A lot of people will have this and it’s very mild. They’ll get better very rapidly. They don’t even see a doctor. They don’t even call a doctor. You never hear about those people. So you can’t put them down in the category of the overall population in terms of this corona flu and/or virus. So you just can’t do that. So, if you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work. Some of them go to work, but they get better.

The incident comes days after media outlets falsely claimed the president called the coronavirus a “hoax.” In reality, Trump was calling attempts from Democrats to paint his response to the disease as incompetent a “hoax.”