U.S. President Donald Trump made his first public appearance since returning to the White House on Monday from a three-day stay in hospital for COVID-19, even as his aides remained silent on whether he is still contagious.
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DONALD TRUMP: Thank you. Well, thank you very much, and keep that enthusiasm going. Get out and vote. We got to vote. We got to vote these people into oblivion. First of all, I'm feeling great. I don't know about you. How's everyone feeling. Good?
And I'm honored to welcome-- we call this a peaceful protest-- to the White House in support of the incredible men and women of law enforcement and all of the people that worked so well with us. And I have to tell you, our Black community, our Hispanic community, thank you very much. But before going any further, I want to thank all of you for your prayers. I know you've been praying. And I was in that hospital, I was watching down over so many people, and I went out to say hello to those people and I took a little heat for it but I'd do it again. Let me tell you, I'd do it again.
We're starting very, very big with our rallies and with our everything, because we can not allow our country to become a Socialist nation. We cannot let that happen. And that's what would happen, or worse by the way, or worse. I want you to know our nation's going to defeat this terrible China Virus as we call it. And we're producing powerful therapies and drugs. And we're healing the sick and we're going to recover.
And the vaccine is coming out very, very quickly, in record time as you know. It's coming out very, very soon. We have great, great companies doing it, and they'll be distributing it. And we will through our military very, very rapidly. This is the single most important election in the history of our country. Get out and vote, and I love you. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you [INAUDIBLE].