Midway through his treatment, President Trump made a dramatic return to save the White House from the grip of coronavirus.
US President Donald Trump made a dramatic return to the White House on Monday from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the Washington DC suburbs, where he was being treated for coronavirus. Nevertheless, what was even more bizarre was the fact that he carelessly removed his mask while posing for photographers from the balcony of the White House. With just 27 days to go for the US presidential election, Trump is looking to reignite his election campaign with the gap between him and Democrat candidate Joe Biden having increased further in the recent days.
More bizarre that Trump’s early return was the fact that he carelessly removed his mask while posing for photographers from the balcony of the White House.
Just six days into Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis and three days into his admission to a hospital, his return to the White House, breaking healthcare protocol, has raised eyebrows. His physician Sean Conley said that the president would continue his treatment from the White House. However, Conley added that Trump “may not entirely be out of woods yet.”
The President may not entirely be out of woods yet.Trump’s physician Sean Conley
White House under Covid-19 attack
Even as coronavirus wreaked havoc around the nation and the death toll crossed 210,000, Trump made a reckless statement in a video released an hour after his return to the White House. The POTUS said, “We’re going back. We will go back to the work. We are going be out front. As your leader I had to do it. I knew there’s danger to it but I had to do it. I stood out front. I led from the front. Nobody who is a leader would not do what I did. I know there’s a risk and a danger to it.”
Trump hasn’t been in the best of health in the last week. His Oxygen levels had reportedly dipped twice while the President was at Walter Reed. A cloud of uncertainty remained over his health during the hospital stay as US administration officials kept making contradictory statements. Health experts in the US unanimously agree that the President should stay under care at the hospital until he fully recovers. In fact, the President could very well be a potential spreader right now. The Coronavirus has already been rampaging through the White House with FLOTUS Melania Trump and several members of the Trump Administration having tested positive since the President’s diagnosis last Friday. Melania, 50, who has been isolating at the White House, said in a tweet that she was feeling better. “I am feeling good [and] will continue to rest at home.”
The President could very well be a potential spreader right now.
Adding to the list is Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who on Monday became the latest high-profile White House official to be tested coronavirus positive. Media reports said that two other aides to McEnany had also positive results. The press secretary was seen briefing media without wearing a mask on Sunday. So far, as many as 12 people, including junior staff members, close to Trump have tested positive. Among the most high-profile names at the White House tested positive are Kellyanne Conway, John Jenkins, Hope Hicks, Mike Lee, Chris Christie and Thom Tillis.
More than 12 people, including junior staff members, close to Trump have tested positive.
Trump’s White House return
Unsurprisingly, the President’s return to the White House was a spectacle. In reality-show reel format, Trump came out of the Walter Reed hospital, wearing a navy blue business suit and a mask. He pumped his fist into air before getting on the short helicopter ride to the White House. He then entered the White House like a dutiful president, and posed on the Truman balcony of the presidential house for paparazzi, un-masked.
A few hours later, he tweeted the campaign-like video showing his return. Along with it came a recorded urge from the President, asking Americans to go back to work. “Now I’m better, maybe I’m immune, I don’t know,” Trump said in the video.
Watch: President Trump’s White House Return
On the other hand, President Trump’s medical team has refused to give a clear answer confirming whether the president is, in fact, fit enough to get back to normal business. Instead, the White House officials have been evasive of questions related to the specifics on the President’s health details.
Trump’s medical team has refused to give a clear answer about when the President last tested negative.
Trump’s physician Conley said on Monday evening that Trump would be surrounded by ‘world-class medical care 24/7’ at the White House. However, even with global attention focused on the President’s health, Conley ignored the question when a reported asked if the president had received a negative test for coronavirus. Conley refrained from going into specific details about Trump’s health, like the president’s scan to check for pneumonia, citing patient protection laws. Conley, however, did confirm that President Trump is still receiving the steroid Dexamethasone and has been administered three doses of the antiviral drug Remdesivir. According to the US public health guidelines, Trump must remain in isolation for up to 10 days after first symptoms of coronavirus appeared.
While rival Biden welcomed Trump’s return to the White House, he criticized Trump’s behavior of taking mask guidelines lightly. Biden said he was ‘glad’ the president appeared to be ‘coming along pretty well’. But referring to Trump, he also said, “Anybody who contracts coronavirus by saying that masks don’t matter, or social distancing doesn’t matter, I think he is responsible for what happens to his health.”
Wear a mask. pic.twitter.com/TSuLuzAXEB— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 6, 2020