In an interview with New York’s TalkRadio 77 WABC Tuesday, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, said his views of the coronavirus pandemic and on mask-wearing have not changed in the days since he contracted the virus.
Giuliani’s response to testing positive stands in contrast to that of former New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R), who said in October that he was “wrong” not to wear a mask at an event in the White House Rose Garden where the virus spread among several attendees.
“No. I have exactly the same view,” Giuliani said during a phone interview from his hospital room in Washington when asked whether, like Christie, his views of the virus had changed. “You know, I’ve also been through cancer, a couple of other things — very serious, very serious, emergency knee operation. Things happen in life, and you have to go with them. You can’t overreact to them. Otherwise, you let the fear of illness drive your entire life.”
Asked about whether his perspective on masks in particular has changed, Giuliani responded, “No. It does not. I think you can overdo the masks.”
Giuliani said he has been given two medications — remdesivir and dexamethasone — that Trump was also given during his bout with covid-19 in October. But one of the radio hosts pointed out that those drugs are “not something that the normal American is going to be able to get, because it’s quite expensive,” Giuliani said he wasn’t aware that the treatment isn’t widely available.
“I, well, I didn’t know that,” he said. “I mean, they give it to us here at this hospital. … I’m not sure. I’m not sure about that.”
Giuliani also made some statements about the virus that are not true for all Americans.
“This is a curable disease at this point,” Giuliani said, even though most Americans are not able to get treatment at the level that he received. “This is in the category now of a curable disease. The mortality rates are nothing like they were five, six months ago.”
And he claimed that being admitted to a hospital as quickly as possible can eliminate one’s chances of dying from the disease — making no mention of most Americans’ lack of access to the best care.
“My advice to people is, get early treatment. … If you get early treatment, nothing’s going to happen to you,” he said. “The earlier you get treated for this, number one, you totally eliminate the chance of dying, and number two, you probably eliminate the chance of getting, you know, a more complicated illness.”
Giuliani did, however, acknowledge that his “celebrity” status contributed to the care he has received.
“I think if it wasn’t me, I wouldn’t have been put in the hospital,” he said. “Sometimes, when you’re — you know, when you’re a celebrity, they’re worried if something happens to you, they’re going to examine it more carefully, and they do everything right.”