Donald Trump (Joyce N. Boghosian)
Washington DC- As a reminder that he is still campaigning and sending the message that he is recovering from the coronavirus, President Donald Trump, wearing masks, left the hospital to greet his followers in a caravan who have gathered in front of the Walter Reed Medical Center .
In an official vehicle and guarded by the Secret Service, Trump was seen in the back seat greeting the dozens of people who have been holding a kind of vigil around the facility since Friday night.
“I'm going to give a little surprise visit … When I see the excitement, we have more enthusiasm than anyone,” Trump said in a video before leaving the hospital for a momentary walk.
Trump appreciated the work of the doctors and said that during his hospitalization he has met with the military.
The president maintained that he has learned a lot about the coronavirus. “This is the real school,” Trump said.
Trump's act took place at a time when his doctors have indicated that he is recovering from the coronavirus, at the same time that they have announced that he had two episodes in which the oxygen levels in his blood dropped.
His official physician, Sean Conley, confirmed that the president required artificial respiration and had a high fever on Friday. On Saturday morning he had a second episode in which his oxygen levels dropped.
Trump is receiving drugs that include the steroid dexamethasone – often used in critically ill patients – to improve the function of their lungs, and the antiviral remdesivir.
The mobilization of Trump, who is facing a highly contagious disease, has included Secret Service personnel guarding him at the hospital.
On the other hand, Trump's departure also generated a wave of criticism on social media. One of them was from Dr. James P. Phillips, who on the social network Twitter said that Trump's departure was “crazy.” Phillips is an emergenciologist at George Washington University and also practices at Walter Reed.
“Every person in that vehicle during that presidential round now has to self-quarantine for 14 days. They could get sick. They could die. For a political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insane, “Phillips tweeted.