Trump Briefly Leaves Hospital to Greet Supporters

Despite being infectious and contagious after testing positive for Covid-19, President Trump opted to leave his hospital bed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to travel in a motorcade on Sunday to wave to his supporters, according to the Associated Press. His medical team reported just hours prior that his blood oxygen level suddenly dropped twice in recent days and that they gave him a steroid typically only recommended for the very sick. Some doctors are questioning the move, saying it was simply done for the sake of politics.

“This is insanity,” Dr. James P. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed who is a Trump critic, said. “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die.”

The motorcade ride came after a flurry of contradictions over the weekend sparking confusion about Trump’s health. Trump’s physician insisted his prognosis is very good with some basic information missing from the briefings, including the findings of lung scans. Other officials offered more serious assessments about the health of the President, who is also receiving intravenous doses of Remdesivir.

There were several people who wore masks in the contained space of the presidential limousine during the ride with Trump. However, afterwards, members of the Secret Service voiced concerns about their personal safety, according to CNN.