"I just want to punch him"

Now, as he receives oxygen from a machine, Schultz says he has been pushed to break that first rule by President Donald Trump.

“I just want to punch him,” Schultz said. “I always had to keep my politics to myself, but from where I’m sitting now? Those days are over…

Trump, he said, should have been more upfront with the public from the beginning about the dangers of the coronavirus, should have acted quicker, promoted wearing face masks. If he had, Schultz believes, maybe the pandemic would not have struck his community so hard, might not have wound up at his door.

Schultz says he started to feel sick last Friday, the same day the White House revealed Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

On Monday, Trump told Americans “Don’t be afraid of COVID.” On Tuesday, Schultz checked into the hospital.

“Iā€™m just frustrated with the president ā€” the nonchalantness of this virus,” he said. “They should be afraid. It’s nothing to mess with.”