Senin, 05 Oktober 2020

Donald Trump leaves hospital and returns to White House -

US President Donald Trump has left hospital and returned to the White House, where he will continue to be treated for the coronavirus.

Mr Trump emerged from the front doors of Walter Reed Medical Centre at 6:40pm, local time and flashed a thumbs up to the cameras before getting into his car.

“Mr President, how many staff are sick? How many of your staff are sick?” a reporter asked as Mr Trump walked past.

“Thank you very much everyone,” the President said.

“Do you think you might be a superspreader, Mr President?” the reporter shouted after him.

He gave no indication that he had heard the question.

The motorcade took Mr Trump to his helicopter, Marine One. He boarded it with a wave, and a short time later landed on the White House lawn.

When he reached the White House’s balcony, the President turned and waved again. He removed his face mask before wandering inside.

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Mr Trump had revealed his intention to leave hospital on Twitter earlier in the day, saying he was “feeling really good”.

“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today,” he said.

“Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of COVID. Don’t let it dominate your life.

“We have developed, under the Trump administration, some really great drugs and knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

He promised to return to the campaign trail soon.

The President’s physician, Dr Sean Conley, endorsed his decision to leave hospital, which has surprised some medical experts.

“Though he may not be entirely out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all his evaluations and, most importantly, his clinical status support his return home, where he’ll be surrounded by world class medical care 24/7,” Dr Conley told reporters in his most recent briefing on Mr Trump’s condition today.

He said it had been more than 72 hours since Mr Trump last had a fever, and his oxygen levels were normal.

“Over the past 24 hours, the President had continued to improve. He’s met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria,” said Dr Conley.

“He’ll receive another dose of remdesivir here today, and then we plan to get him home.”

Mr Trump, 74, has been receiving treatment since Friday at Walter Reed Medical Centre just outside Washington.

Doctors have given him a variety of therapies, including the antiviral drug remdesivir, a steroid called dexamethasone, supplemental oxygen, and an experimental cocktail of antibodies developed by the pharmaceutical company Regeneron.

Mr Trump sought to allay fears about his condition by posting regular video updates in which he thanked supporters for their well wishes and ruminated on how much he had learned about the virus, which has killed 210,000 Americans.

On Sunday evening, he also took a brief joy ride outside the hospital to thank a large crowd of Trump voters who gathered over the weekend, a move that was criticised for unnecessarily exposing his Secret Service agents to infection.

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Earlier today, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Mr Trump “continued to improve overnight and is ready to get back to a normal working schedule.”

“[The president] will meet with his doctors and nurses this morning to make further assessments of his progress,” Meadows said, according to Fox News’ John Roberts.

“We are still optimistic that he will be able to return to the White House later today.”

However, news that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has also tested positive for Covid-19, showed just how infected his circle has become, as he battles for re-election on November 3.

McEnany — the combative, main public interface between Trump and the media, giving daily television interviews and holding frequent briefings — said she was experiencing no symptoms, and no journalists were believed to have come into close contact with her. However, she would go into quarantine.

Other positive cases close to Trump now include his wife Melania, his close aide Hope Hicks, his campaign manager Bill Stepien, two of McEnany’s assistants according to US media, and more than half a dozen others from the president’s circle both inside and outside the White House.

Despite Mr Trump’s characteristic claim that Covid-19 should not be of major concern, polls show it is a huge worry for Americans. His handling of the crisis this year is also reckoned to be the main reason Biden, 77, is surging in polls ahead of the November 3 election day.

With now about 210,000 deaths, America has the world’s biggest reported toll in the global pandemic.


Trump is evidently frustrated — and presumably worried — at his forced stay off the campaign trail.

Early Monday, a stream of election slogans, all in capital letters, filled his Twitter feed. Late Sunday, he drew criticism from independent medical experts by making a brief sortie in an armoured SUV to drive past a crowd of supporters gathered nearby.

The White House published photos over the weekend of Trump working in his hospital suite and he tweeted two videos in which he talks about his recovery.

Doctors treating the president and aides say he is in good spirits and eager to return to the White House, where a large medical team is permanently on hand.


Beset by revelations that he avoids paying almost any income tax and a slew of other scandals, Trump was already behind Biden when he fell ill.

But the biggest liability in his scramble for a second term was always his handling of the pandemic.

For months, Trump has given the appearance of trying to wish away the catastrophe and get back to his re-election narrative of a strong economy.

Facing these extraordinary challenges, Trump looks poised to try and claim that in getting quickly out of hospital he has personally vanquished the virus — and will go on to do the same for the rest of the country.

Trump is “battling as tough as only President Trump can,” campaign spokeswoman Erin Perrine said on Fox News.

An unofficial White House themed gift shop announced Monday it will sell a commemorative coin titled “President Donald J. Trump Defeats COVID” for $100.

— with AFP

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