President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiLawyers group calls for Giuliani's suspension from law practice, ethics probe Would Trump have gotten away with a self-pardon? History will never know Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon MORE said Tuesday from his hospital bed that COVID-19, which has infected more than 12 million Americans and killed more than a quarter million, was a "curable" disease.

Giuliani, who was taken to the hospital two days ago following his COVID-19 diagnosis, called in to his daily radio program on 77 WABC in New York to lament that restrictions around the country meant to control the spread of the deadly disease were "destroying American business," according to The Associated Press.

“This is a curable disease at this point,” Giuliani said.


"You can overdo the masks," he continued, referring to mask-wearing requirements put in place by many states, which experts have deemed effective at lowering the transmission rate of the virus.

"I'd rather stay at risk than live in a basement all my life," Giuliani added, an apparent reference to criticism of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE by President Trump for holding campaign events and meetings from his home earlier this year while many states instituted bans on large public gatherings. 

Giuliani has led the president's efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election in recent weeks and along with a team of legal advisers has made baseless claims about widespread election and voter fraud in several key battleground states won by Biden.

The president announced Giuliani's diagnosis on Sunday in a tweet, and Tuesday the former mayor's son tweeted that his father's condition had "improved significantly" since his initial hospitalization.