UK PM Boris Johnson clears up ‘balderdash’ rumors, says robust President Trump is ‘going to be fine’

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed confidence that President Donald Trump is “going to be fine” in response to contracting COVID-19.

Johnson had a harrowing battle with the coronavirus in April, spending 72 hours in an intensive care unit. Reflecting on his own experience afterward, he said “it could have gone either way.”

 

“I’m sure that President Trump is going to be fine, he has got the best possible care,” the prime minister said during an appearance on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. “The most important thing to do is follow his doctors’ advice.”

Johnson was asked if this means fewer cheeseburgers for the president — it’s no big secret that Trump has an affinity for an occasional burger.

“This is an important point, obesity — I’m not making any comment on President Trump – but obesity, since you mention cheeseburgers, is one of the problems that this country needs to address,” Johnson said. “Not just because it threatens all our health but in the long term we need to tackle it to reduce the pressures on the NHS.”

White House physician Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley gave a glowing assessment of Trump’s condition Sunday morning, as he offered more details about the president’s symptoms over the past few days.

Dr. Brian Garibaldi, director of the biocontainment unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital who’s treating Trump, suggested he may be released as early as Monday.

“Today, he has been up and around, and our plan is to have him eat and drink and be up out of bed as much as possible. And if he continues to look and feel as well as he does today, our hope is that we plan for discharge as early as tomorrow to the White House where he can continue his treatment course,” he said.

Johnson, 55, scoffed at “balderdash” rumors that he was still suffering after-effects, which is sometimes referred to as “long Covid.”

“This is total tittle-tattle, it is drivel,” he said. “It is not tittle-tattle, it is balderdash and nonsense,” insisting that he is “fitter than several butchers’ dogs.”

“The issue is that when I alas got this wretched thing I was too fat,” Johnson added. “This is a teachable moment for our great country. Alas as a nation we are slightly too fat. We are fatter than virtually anybody else in Europe, apart from the Maltese for some reason, and we need to think about this – though I don’t wish to cast any aspersions on my Maltese friends.”

Other than his age being considered a high-risk factor, Trump is also overweight.

Trump ally Nigel Farage said he thought President Trump looked “robust” in a video message shared on Saturday.

“He has got Covid-19, he has been ill, he’s been put into the hospital, he’s been put on oxygen,” the Brexit Party leader told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, according to the Daily Mail. “But considering all of that, he looked pretty robust.”

The remarks came before the update on Trump’s health, but Farage was confident that Trump was “going to be okay.”

“He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, he’s carrying a few extra pounds,” he said, “but he is generally in pretty robust health, so my guess would be he is going to be okay.”

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