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Foster: Do not take medical advice from the president

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, can be seen Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Ken Christy Post Office in Aurora, Ill., before a press conference condemning President Donald Trump's effort to limit the United States Postal Service.
U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, can be seen Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Ken Christy Post Office in Aurora, Ill., before a press conference condemning President Donald Trump's effort to limit the United States Postal Service.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster criticized Donald Trump for his comments in a video published Monday after the president was released from a hospital for a COVID-19 diagnosis.

In the video, Trump lauded the treatment he received at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and continued to downplay the disease that's killed more than 200,000 Americans.

"I know there's a risk, there's a danger, but that's OK," Trump said.

The president also made statements seeming to contradict public health guidance.

"Maybe I'm immune," he said in the video. "I don't know, but don't let it take over your lives. Get out there. Be careful."

Foster, D-Naperville, commented in a tweet on the video arguing the president's message was "incredibly hazardous." The congressman noted Trump "privately acknowledged" the danger of the novel coronavirus several months ago and is "lying as he is currently infected."

"Do not take medical advice from him," Foster said in the tweet. "He is deeply unqualified."

Foster also blamed Trump for failing to control the virus from spreading and said that was why "the risk is as dangerous as it is," in a subsequent tweet.

"Over 210,000 dead Americans didn't get the same level of treatment as he has, or the luxury of being so cavalier with a deadly illness," he said in the tweet.

Trump had also tweeted Monday for Americans to not "be afraid" of the novel virus. The president's comments after returning to the White House have also garnered condemnation from medical professionals.

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