Donald Trump’s Latest Thoughts On COVID-19 Vaccines, Social Media, China And More – Benzinga

U.S. President Donald Trump appeared on Fox Business with Stuart Varney for an hour Thursday morning to share his thoughts on several topics.

Congress continues to be at a stalemate over a potential stimulus offer. Trump said he would raise the stimulus offer above $1.8 trillion.

Trump said he directed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to offer above the $1.8 trillion amount, but no deal has been reached.

Any amount above $1.8 trillion would go “directly to the people” according to Trump.

Trump On COVID-19: President Trump told viewers he’s tested a lot, though not every day, for COVID-19.

Trump was treated with an antibody treatment from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: REGN) when he was hospitalized with the coronavirus: “Regeneron is a great company. They really helped me.”

Trump doubled down on prior comments about Regeneron’s treatment and once again said, “We’re gonna be providing Regeneron at no cost” to Americans.

Companies that are working on COVID-19 vaccines have been hesitant to back the timeline from Trump of getting a vaccine approved before the election. Trump claimed during the interview that Americans will have a vaccine before Christmas.

Moderna Inc (NASDAQ: MRNA) CEO Stephane Bancel has said the company can’t apply for emergency use authorization until Nov. 25.

Several COVID-19 treatments in trials have faced setbacks with pauses to Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY) and a halt for AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN).

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