Just three days after checking into hospital with Covid-19, US President Donald Trump has returned home to the White House where he will continue treatment. Trump tested positive for Covid-19 last week and was moved to Walter Reed Military Medical Center as a precaution.
Trump made the announcement that he was returning home via Twitter on Monday afternoon. “I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M,” he wrote.
“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 & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
He then popped up another tweet, which read: “Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!! The Fake News only shows the Fake Polls.”
It comes just one day after the president copped some heavy backlash after he made the decision to leave the military hospital, despite still being infectious. At the time Trump was slammed as irresponsible after he left the hospital to perform a drive-by. The US leader was seen wearing a mask in the back of a blacked-out Suburban and, as the motorcade passed groups of Trump supporters, the president could be seen waving to the crowds.
Critics hit out at the president after the footage emerged, with one doctor from Walter Reed describing the move as “insanity”. “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” Dr. James Phillips wrote on Twitter. “They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”
President Trump, wearing a mask, rides by his supporters outside Walter Reed while in the back of a Suburban. pic.twitter.com/nsCJyYXHdK
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 4, 2020
Meanwhile, a day earlier Trump posted another video of himself from inside the hospital, in which he claimed to have learned a lot about the virus. He also described the hospital as “incredible” and thanked the nurses, doctors and first responders.
“It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about Covid, I learned it by really going to school, this is the real school. This isn’t the ‘let’s read the books’ school.
“And I get it and I understand it. And it’s a very interesting thing and I’m going to be letting you know about it. In the meantime we love the USA and we love what’s happening.”