The president will be on hand at the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia to see the USNS Comfort off on Saturday.
“I’ll kiss it goodbye,” Trump said during a press briefing from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
The converted supertanker features 1,000 beds, 12 fully equipped operating rooms and up to 1,200 doctors, nurses and medical specialists.
It will treat non-coronavirus patients, relieving the immense pressure on the city’s overwhelmed hospitals during the surging crisis.
On Fox New’s “Hannity” later Thursday, Trump said the ship is expected to dock in the New York Harbor Monday.
New York is currently the epicenter of the pandemic in the US, clocking 37,258 confirmed cases and 385 deaths.