Trump Returns To White House, Dismisses COVID-19 Threat
President Trump eventually left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Monday evening, having decided to receive the remainder of his treatment for COVID-19 at the White House.
The president was sighted pumping his fist in the air on the way out of the building and didn’t respond to any questions from the press.
And when he arrived back at the White House, he walked up the staircase of the South Portico entrance, removed his mask, gave waiting reporters a thumbs-up and saluted Marine One.
Moments after his return, he tweeted a video telling Americans to not be afraid of COVID-19.
“One thing that’s for certain: don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it,” he said. “We have the best medical equipment, we have the best medicines – all developed recently.”
He even suggested that he was likely immune to the virus.
“And now I’m better — and maybe I’m immune, I don’t know,” Trump said.
Earlier same Monday, he had tweeted the he intended to leave the facility, and his doctors later agreed it was safe for him to return to the White House but that his treatment regimen was continuing.
Sean Conley, Trump’s physician, said although Trump may not be “entirely out of the woods yet,” he believes he is ready to get his care at the White House.
“We’re in a bit of uncharted territory when it comes to a patient that received the therapies he has so early in the course,” Conley said.
“If we can get through to Monday with him remaining the same or improving, better yet, then we will all take that final deep sigh of relief.”
He added that the White House Medical Unit will deliver “24/7, world-class medical care” and “we’re not going to miss anything that we would have caught up here.”
During a briefing Sunday, Trump’s physicians shared that the president had received his first dose of the steroid dexamethasone on Saturday after two drops in his oxygen levels and is undergoing a five-day course of remdesivir. Dr. Brian Garibaldi told reporters on Monday that Trump would get a fifth dose of remdesivir at the White House on Tuesday night and that he continues to receive a steroid.
Conley refused to give details regarding the president’s lung scans, citing patient privacy regulations.
He also refused to say when Trump’s last negative coronavirus test was, saying, “I don’t want to go backwards.”
When asked whether Trump had experienced any side effects from the medications, including mental fogginess, Conley simply said, “I think you’ve seen the videos and now the tweets, and you’ll see him shortly, you know, he’s back.”
Conley skipped answering questions on where in the White House Trump will stay, saying, “We’re going to do whatever it takes for the president to safely conduct business wherever it is he needs to do within the residence and White House.”
Conley stoically refused to comment on Trump’s tweet that people shouldn’t be afraid of the coronavirus, a statement that was seen by many as reckless in the face of American death toll that has surpassed past 210, 000.
Americans have observed that since he was admitted for treatment, Trump has tried to convey an image of strength and normalcy.
On Sunday, Trump made an unannounced motorcade visit outside the facility to greet supporters gathered there.
The timeline of Trump’s symptoms from the COVID-19 has been at times murky, with inconsistencies between the medical briefings and statements from White House officials.
The discrepancies have led to concerns about the transparency of the administration on the president’s battle with the virus.
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