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

President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos 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 BartiromoThe US can solve the border crisis by decoupling from China Democrats control the language of politics and culture — but for how long? Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” using a frequent attack line against Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia 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 Pelosi Pelosi says she's giving Senate more time on Jan. 6 commission Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality 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 AlexanderAuthorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate The Republicans' deep dive into nativism Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE (R-Tenn.) reportedly told White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Trump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE that there was “no appetite” for the $1.8 trillion package.