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After 'restful night,' Trump says he's ready to attend debate

President has no COVID symptoms, physician says

U.S. President Donald Trump pulls off his protective face mask as he poses atop the Truman Balcony of the White House after returning from Walter Reed Medical Center on Oct. 5.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Still sickened by COVID-19, President Donald Trump plunged back on Tuesday into playing down the disease that hospitalized him for three days and has so far killed more than 210,000 Americans. He compared it anew to the seasonal flu and signaled he plans to return soon to the campaign trail.

Back at the White House after a dramatic helicopter return from the military hospital where he was receiving an unprecedented level of care for COVID-19, Trump's attitude alarmed infectious disease experts. And it suggested his own illness had not caused him to rethink his often-cavalier attitude toward the disease, which has also infected the first lady and more than a dozen White House aides and associates.

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