The first action after Donald Trump left the hospital and returned to the White House today was to remove his face mask.
Mr. Trump tested positive for the coronavirus and began to show symptoms four days ago. This means that he may still be infected.
After the oxygen level dropped, he spent three days at the Walter Reed Medical Center and recommended his doctor to supplement his oxygen.
The president emerged from the front door of the hospital at 6:40 pm local time today and thumbs up at the camera before getting into the car.
“President, how many staff are sick? How many staff are sick?” Asked a reporter as Mr. Trump passed by.
“Thank you very much, everyone,” said the president.
“President, do you think you might be a Superspreader?” The reporter shouted after him.
He showed nothing to hear the question.
Motorcade took Mr. Trump to his helicopter, Marine One. He boarded it in the waves and after a while landed on the lawn of the White House.
When he arrived at the White House balcony, the president turned around and waved again. He then took off his face mask, salutes when Marine One left, and later shot a video message posted online before wandering inside without a mask.
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His decision to remove the mask, especially with others nearby, puzzled medical professionals.
“I don’t even know how to fully characterize people how gruesome it was,” Dr. Kabita Patel, a doctor who was head of health policy at Obama White House, told MSNBC.
“It’s not just the risk to the people around him. To the West Wing staff, the secretariat staff. But think about where those staff drink coffee and have lunch. You have to work. Some people don’t, and working is life-threatening.
“It’s more than irresponsible. It’s literally everything – cheating. Selfish. We all wanted the president to recover. But I frankly said,” Yes, the president has recovered. I’m tired of making excuses in the name of “should”. Yes, but he should regret that this has been brought to the people around him and he has endangered their lives.
“I’ve never heard of humility, sadness, or even the slightest hint of understanding what millions of Americans are doing and striving to protect them.”
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical expert, was similarly embarrassed.
“It was just reckless. And it’s painful to think that someone who obviously now has a deadly infectious virus, that person happens to be the President of the United States. That person is such reckless. I’m ignoring the people around me, “Dr. Gupta said in a video. The moment it is played on the screen.
“You wear a mask to protect the people around you. So he goes up there and takes off the mask. I’m just looking at everything. Someone rushes there to take a picture of him, I wear a mask. But again, the president, who is known to have the coronavirus, does not wear a mask.
“That is, he must be isolated. He should not have been discharged.
“That is, if he is still in the hospital, whenever a doctor goes to see him, they will be wearing personal protective equipment. Here we see a completely different situation.”
“I can’t explain that Donald Trump, who is actively emitting viruses (millions of particles), can invade unmasked buildings with that number of White House staff.” Dr. Jonathan Liner has been added, Professor of Medicine, George Washington University.
“I still don’t even know how to fully characterize people how persistent it was.” @kavitapmd Say about pre. Trump removes his mask when he returns to the White House. “It’s not just the risk to the people around him, the West Wing staff … but think about where those staff go.” pic.twitter.com/gRwJuh6Bko
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 5, 2020
The president takes off his mask and walks with it off before entering the White House. Unbelievable.
— Jonathan Reiner (@JReinerMD) October 5, 2020
Mr. Trump’s actions also elicited criticism from the usual set of political experts and critics.
“When I saw Marine One landing, it was symbolic, flagged, and watched the sunset, I thought it was a great TV moment. He climbed the stairs at the TV moment. “I think I’m strong, I have this,” said ABC News reporter John Santucci.
“But I see him standing on Truman’s balcony without a mask. He definitely wasn’t wearing a mask. What were they thinking? I’m honest – I The chin is on the floor.
“What are they thinking? What are they doing?”
My highlight is MSNBC’s host, Joy Reed, who was a fierce critic of Mr. Trump and had a stroke.
“This is the president who has just been hospitalized for a highly contagious disease. He is still very contagious. It is highly contagious,” Reed smoked.
“The first thing he did was to remove the mask. He took off the mask. A very infectious person standing there surrounded by many other people. Probably the producer, Potentially staff.
“Who knows where the White House staff are tonight? With innocent White House staff, hundreds of people who have to work in the White House, and loyalty in support of the country’s highest traditions. Who knows from a traditional sense where those people now have to be exposed? What virus is being sucked out of the US President’s mouth?
“I’ve never seen anything like this. To be honest, this is the most irresponsible thing the president has ever done. He’s doing it for a pure ego, he He does it just because he can. He uses MarineOne as a prop. He uses our home, the White House, as a prop and literally COVID without a mask. Is spreading.
“I don’t even know what else to say.”
Although he has a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus, Prevertap has all the cameras focused on returning to WH after four days in Walter Reed. Recognize and stand on the WH balcony to quickly remove the mask. pic.twitter.com/T255LkPt0v
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 5, 2020
The first thing Trump did was to take off his mask. The first one.
— Kylegriffin1 (@ kylegriffin1) October 5, 2020
Trump is basically shooting campaign commercials outside the WH without a mask in front of the photographer. Again, the president has a coronavirus and is walking around without a mask.
— Abbey D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) October 5, 2020
Mr. Trump said yesterday that he learned a lot about COVID while at Walter Reed. So why did he remove his mask shortly after returning to the White House?
— Kylegriffin1 (@ kylegriffin1) October 5, 2020
Democratic candidate Joe Biden, an opponent of the presidential election, was asked to respond to today’s event at the NBC News Town Hall Forum.
“I’m pleased with what the president has experienced and how well he seems to have done,” Biden said, hoping to share the right lessons with the American people.
“Masks are important. These masks, they are important. It is important. It saves lives. It prevents the spread of the disease.
“Instead of talking, the only thing I heard was basically one of the tweets saying don’t worry too much about all of this. There’s a lot to worry about and 210,000 people have died. It was.
“I hope you don’t leave with a message because you think it’s okay. That’s a serious problem.”
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After entering the White House, Mr. Trump posted a video he shot on the balcony. In it, he urged Americans to “get out there” and not allow the virus to “dominate” their lives.
“I’ve just left the Walter Reed Medical Center and it’s really special. Doctors, nurses, first responders. And I learned a lot about the coronavirus,” he said.
“And there’s one thing for sure. Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment, the best medicines. , All recently developed, and you’re going to beat it.
“I went, I wasn’t feeling so good. And two days ago-I could have left two days ago. Two days ago, I felt better than I had felt for a long time. As I said recently, it’s better than 20 years ago.
“Don’t let it rule. Don’t let it take over your life. Don’t let it happen. We have the greatest nation in the world. We’ll be back, we Goes back to work. We will be at the forefront.
“As your leader, I had to do it. I knew it was dangerous, but I had to do it. I stood in front , I have guided. No one who is a leader will do what I did. And I know there is a risk, there is a risk, but it’s okay.
“But now I’m getting better and maybe I’m immune. But it shouldn’t dominate your life. Get out there and be careful. We’re the best medicines in the world I have.
“The vaccine will be available temporarily. Thank you very much.”
The president also posted an exaggerated campaign-style video featuring images of his short trip from Walter Reed to the White House.
Originally published as “I have no words”: Trump’s rebellious behavior