Boris Johnson insisted that Donald Trump "will be okay" today when he denied "Balderdash" rumors about his own coronavirus fear.
The prime minister said the president had received "the best possible care" and was "certain" that he would overcome the disease.
On the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Johnson also denied speculation that he had not fully recovered from the illness in April.
He flatly denied suffering from "long Covid" and joked that he was "fitter than several butcher dogs".
And the Prime Minister bluntly blamed his own weight for going to the hospital – although he insisted he made no point about Mr Trump's condition. "I was too fat," said Mr Johnson.
The comments came after Mr Trump said he was "feeling much better" despite conflicting reports about his condition.
The president's medical team said he was "very good" and was "exceptionally cheerful" in an update yesterday, less than 24 hours after being helicoptered to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington DC had been.
However, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows shortly thereafter informed reporters that Mr Trump had gone through a "very worrying" period on Friday and that the next 48 hours would be critical.
The President himself then posted a video on Twitter from his hospital suite saying he was "feeling much better now" and hoping to be "back soon".
Boris Johnson (pictured arriving at the BBC studios today) said the president has received "the best possible care" and is "certain" that he will overcome the disease
Mr Trump posted a Twitter video yesterday saying he was starting to feel good.
PM denies coronavirus pawning as he says science may soon allow a "different approach"
Boris Johnson today denied botched coronavirus lockdowns as he hoped scientific developments in the next "weeks and months" could mean a "different approach".
The prime minister defended his handling of the crisis amid mounting criticism and unrest on his own benches.
As the Tory virtual conference begins, Mr. Johnson urged the public to "be fearless but use common sense".
He said that "over the next few weeks and months the scientific equation will change" and that would allow for a "different approach".
However, in an interview on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, he warned: “It will be bumpy until Christmas. It can even be bumpy beyond that. & # 39;
He added, "This could be a very tough winter for all of us."
When asked about Mr. Trump's condition, Mr. Johnson said, “I'm sure President Trump will be fine, he has the best possible care.
"The most important thing is to follow the advice of your doctors."
When asked if this should mean fewer cheeseburgers for the President, Mr Johnson said, "This is an important point, obesity – I'm not commenting on President Trump – but obesity, since you mention cheeseburgers, is one of the issues that is this causes country to respond.
"Not just because it threatens our overall health, but we have to take a long-term approach to relieve pressure on the NHS."
Pressed on ongoing rumors that he himself is still struggling to shake off the after-effects of the illness known as "Long Covid", Mr Johnson said, "No, no, not in my case.
& # 39; This is total tittle tattle, it's sucker. It's not a little talk, it's rubbish and nonsense.
"I can tell you that I am fitter than several butcher dogs."
He continued, “The problem is, when I got this wretched thing, I was unfortunately too fat.
"If I may put it that way, this is an instructive moment for our great country because we are one of the greatest places on earth, but unfortunately we are a little too fat as a nation."
Nigel Farage, an ally of Mr Trump, said he thought the US president looked "tough" in his hospital video shared on social media.
The leader of the Brexit party told Sky News: "Sophy Ridge On Sunday Program": "He has Covid-19, he was sick, he was hospitalized, he was given oxygen."
"But given all of that, he looked pretty tough."
He said there was still a wait to find out if his virus would "bite hard" or not, but added, "He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, he puts on a few extra pounds, but he's generally at pretty much robust health so I suspect he will be fine. & # 39;
Mr Farage said the president's illness was likely "bad for his campaign" for short term re-election, but was not a major factor.
"It's bad because it puts Covid at the center, it's bad because the allegations are that he's been too laconic, and it's bad because he can't do what he's good at, namely rallies, campaigns and." Gathering the troops he really is is brilliant in, & # 39; said Mr Farage.
Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British ambassador to the US, said Trump's statement for the hospital stay was "amazing".
Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Sir Christopher said on Sky News, “I don't think they're terribly open at all.
“You are right about conflicting news. They apparently had one from the White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, who came down the White House reporter pool, which was far more pessimistic than anything Donald Trump himself said, or even his personal doctor, Sean Conley, who came out with a group of whites dressed people today.
"So there is a lot of skepticism about what his private doctor says and what he, Trump, says himself."
Sir Christopher responded to a video posted on Mr. Trump's Twitter account showing him in the hospital: “I am amazed at the reason he gave … it is pretty obvious, even by Trump's standards, that the reason on why he went to the hospital and didn't want to stay in the White House because he "wanted to join the American people and share their suffering and show leadership".
& # 39; This is rubbish. The reason he's in the hospital is because he has to be for medical reasons. & # 39;
The White House Doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, sent a letter to Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany saying that the President and First Lady are fine and they promise to keep a vigilant watch.
In a press conference in front of the hospital, Dr. Sean Conley said the president was fever free, had no oxygen, and had no breathing difficulties.
Dr. Conley refused to say whether Mr Trump had ever been given oxygen, despite repeated questioning, but said the president's symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion, "are now going away and getting better".
A source familiar with Mr. Trump's condition told the Associated Press that the president was given supplemental oxygen at the White House on Friday before going to the hospital.
Dr. Conley's optimistic view contrasted with Mr. Meadows' later assessment, even though Mr. Trump himself said in his video message that he was feeling better, even though the "next few days" would matter in his battle against the disease.
"I came here, didn't feel so good, I feel a lot better now," said Trump.
“You won't know for the next few days, I think that's the real test. So we'll see what happens in the next few days. & # 39;
There was also confusion about when the President tested positive as Dr. Conley initially suggested that Mr. Trump was 72 hours after the diagnosis.
Dr. Conley later clarified that he wanted to say "day three" instead of 72 hours, and said the president was first diagnosed with Covid-19 on Thursday evening.
The White House said the 74-year-old would work in the hospital's presidential suite, which is equipped to continue his official duties.
Shortly after the update from Dr. Conley on Saturday tweeted Mr. Trump, “Doctors, Nurses and EVERYONE at GREAT Walter Reed Medical Center and others from equally incredible institutions that have joined them are AMAZING !!! Tremendous progress has been made in the fight against this plague over the past 6 months. With your help, I'm fine! & # 39 ;.
Complete transcript of Donald Trump's Walter Reed address to the nation
President Trump held an address in a Twitter video on Saturday saying he was "starting to feel good".
First of all, I would like to thank all of the incredible medical professionals, doctors, nurses and all of the staff at Walter Reed Medical Center – I think it's the best in the world – for the incredible job they have done.
I came here, I didn't feel that good, I feel a lot better now. We're working hard to get me back. I have to go all the way back because we still have to make America great.
We did a terribly good job, but we still have a few steps to go and I have to quit this job. I'll be back I think I'll be back soon and I'm looking forward to ending the campaign the way it started, how we did it and what kind of numbers we made.
We were so proud of it, but that's something that happened and it's something that happened to millions of people around the world and I fought for them, not just in the US, I fight for them all the whole world.
We are going to defeat the coronavirus or whatever you want to call it and we are going to defeat it thoroughly.
So many things happen when you look at the therapeutics I'm taking right now. Some of them and others soon to come out look, frankly they are miracles if you want to know the truth. People criticize me when I say this, but things happen that appear to be miracles that come down from God. So I just want to tell you that I'm starting to feel fine.
I don't know the next few days I guess. That's the real test, so we'll see what happened over the next few days.
I just want to be grateful for the support I've seen, read about it on TV, and most of all I appreciate what the American people have said, almost bipartisan, from the American people. It is a beautiful thing to see and I really appreciate it and will not forget it
I also want to thank the world leaders for their condolences and they know what we are going through. You know what your leader is and what I'm going through.
But I didn't have a choice because I just didn't want to stay in the White House. I was given this alternative: stay in the White House, lock yourself in, never go, don't even go to the Oval Office, just stay upstairs and enjoy. I don't see people, don't talk to people and just be done with and I can't, I had to be in front and this is America, this is the United States, the largest country in the world. This is the most powerful country in the world. I can't be locked in a room upstairs and be absolutely safe and just say, "Hey, whatever happens, happens". I can not do this
We have problems to face. As a manager, you have to face problems. There has never been a great guide who would have done that.
So that's it. I'm fine, I want to thank everyone. Our first lady is doing very well. Melania asked me to say something about the respect she has for our country, the love she has for our country. And we're both fine.
Melania handles it really well, as you've probably read, she's a little younger than me, just a little bit.
And that's why we know the disease, we know the situation with age compared to younger people and Melania statistically treats it the way it should be treated, and that makes me very happy and it makes the country very happy, but I'm fine also good and i think we will get a very good result.
In the next few days we will probably know for sure too, so I'd like to thank everyone out there, everyone around the world, especially in the United States – the outpouring of love has been amazing. I will never forget. Many Thanks.
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