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Trump claims he is 'immune' from coronavirus, defends federal response

President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE in an interview on Sunday claimed he is now “immune” from the coronavirus, despite research indicating it is possible to be reinfected with the virus.

“It seems like I’m immune, so I can go way out of a basement,” Trump told host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoBBC apologizes for interview with fake Cory Booker Gaetz suggests DeSantis could run for president in 2024 if Trump is out of the picture Bartiromo, Pirro, Dobbs file to dismiss Smartmatic lawsuits MORE on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” using a frequent attack line against Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE, who appeared in Erie, Pa., on Saturday.

“It looks like I'm immune for, I don't know, maybe a long time, maybe a short time. It could be a lifetime. Nobody really knows,” Trump continued, adding that he had a “protective glow” as a result. A study published in September in the journal Nature Medicine, however, indicated that recovery from coronaviruses does not confer lifetime immunity.

The president was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday after being taken there the previous Friday. The White House has not answered questions about the last time Trump tested negative for the virus.

The president on Sunday also defended his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which he has repeatedly claimed will spontaneously “go away.”

"One is too many, but 2.2 million was the prediction as to how many people would die," Trump said. "We lost 200,000-plus, and, you know, there are those that say we did a phenomenal job."

The model Trump referenced involved a scenario with no mitigation efforts. The model said the U.S. would face 110,000 to 220,000 deaths with mitigation efforts. About 214,000 Americans have died from the virus as of Sunday.

Trump, who last week announced he was calling off negotiations on further coronavirus stimulus until after the election before reversing himself, also claimed in the interview that “Republicans want to do it.”

"Republicans want to do it. We’re having a hard time with [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Biden urges Democrats to advocate for rescue package MORE [D-Calif.],” Trump claimed. “We’re ready to go. We’re all ready to go. We can’t get Nancy Pelosi to sign the documents.”

Sources on Saturday told The Hill that Senate Republicans had “significant concerns” about the $1.8 trillion the White House has offered Pelosi. Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderCongress addressed surprise medical bills, but the issue is not resolved Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (R-Tenn.) reportedly told White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHow scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinBiden cautious in making Trump tax returns decision Biden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears MORE that there was “no appetite” for the $1.8 trillion package.