US President Donald Trump has been slammed by a doctor at the hospital where he’s being treated, for leaving isolation in order to wave at his fans.
Trump tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, and has been receiving treatment in the presidential suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre over the weekend.
Doctors reported that his condition has been ‘continually improving’ over the weekend, but they did have to give him steroids to treat his lungs.
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Today, the President promised a ‘surprise’ for his fans, shortly before a street was shut down outside the hospital for a motorcade.
Trump, along with several members of the secret service, all rode in the same car so he could wave to adoring fans who waited outside on the streets.
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
The move was quickly slammed by a physician at the Walter Reed hospital, who says the President has just put the lives of his Secret Service at an unnecessary risk.
“That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack,” Dr. James P. Phillip posted to Twitter.
“The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.
“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. For political theater.
“Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity,” the post reads.
The demonstration came just moments after President Trump promised a surprise for his supporters.
He posted a video to social media on Sunday, telling everyone about the ‘interesting journey’ he’s been on with the virus.
“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,” Trump said.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2020
He’s now believed to be back in his suite at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre.