Trump under scathing criticism after leaving the hospital to greet supporters
US President Donald Trump, who has been hospitalized with COVID-19, was driven around outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to greet his supporters outside, waving at them from his presidential motorcade on Sunday.
A video showed Trump, wearing a black mask, waving from the back seat of a black four-wheel drive with two men – also masked – in the front seats.
Some medical experts criticized Trump’s public appearance outside the hospital. James Phillips, chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University called the motorcade “political theater” and “insanity.”
While others are concern the US president, who wore a mask, may have endangered Secret Service staff inside the car.
In a response to criticisms, White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement the trip on Sunday had been “cleared by the medical team as safe”.
“President Trump took a short, last-minute motorcade ride to wave to his supporters outside and has now returned to the Presidential Suite inside Walter Reed,”
“Appropriate measures” had been taken, he added.
But experts pointed out that the outing broke his own government’s public health guidelines requiring patients to isolate while they are in treatment and still shedding virus – and endangered his Secret Service protection.
Covid-19 is a real school
The US president has been criticised over his handling of the coronavirus crisis that has left nearly 210,000 Americans dead, which is the highest death toll anywhere in the world.
However, Trump said he learned a lot about COVID-19 “This is the real school, this isn’t the ‘let’s read a book’ school, and I get it, and I understand it, and it’s a very interesting thing,” Trump said during a video in which he also thanked the doctors and medical staff.
Meanwhile, doctors treating Donald Trump said he could soon be discharged from the hospital if he continued his recovery from the coronavirus.