President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his plan to scrap Obamacare, calling it a “total catastrophe” and saying he’d “never” allow a medical procedure to be done in his White House.
Trump said he’d make a decision on his health care policy on Thursday, after a weekend in which he was diagnosed with pneumonia.
He made no mention of a return to the White House, which has been a political focus since he left office.
Trump also said he would not consider a return for medical reasons.
The White House released a statement late Tuesday saying Trump would “evaluate his options in the coming days.”
Trump told reporters he would return to work after a five-day break in order to “make the most of this very special time we have” but did not specify a timeline.
“I want to make sure that we have a full recovery and that we can get back to what we need to be doing.
We’re going to be working on that very quickly, and that’s all I can say at this point,” he said.
On Sunday, Trump was seen having a “medical checkup” in the Oval Office, where he is in the process of getting checked out for a lung infection.
The president’s health care strategy is a cornerstone of his presidency.
The White House has been under fire for the delay in announcing the diagnosis of pneumonia, which was confirmed by two separate doctors and was reported to health officials in late December.