- President Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre on Monday night, three days after he was admitted following news he tested positive for the coronavirus.
- He is now set to be treated in the White House medical unit.
- Multiple people in Trump’s inner circle have tested positive for the virus, including the first lady, Melania Trump.
- Trump removed his mask after he arrived back at the White House.
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President Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre on Monday night, after spending three days there to receive COVID-19 treatment.
As he was leaving, a reporter shouted: “How many of your staff are sick? Do you think you might be a superspreader, Mr. President?”
Trump replied, “Thank you, very much.”
Trump removed his face mask when he arrived at the White House, flouting medical advice designed to protect others from those with coronavirus infections.
BREAKING: Pres. Trump arrives back at the White House, and removes his mask, following several nights at Walter Reed Medical Center. The president left Walter Reed this evening despite not having completed his full COVID-19 treatment. https://t.co/XCER5YMh2e pic.twitter.com/rTfKo35d4G
— ABC News (@ABC) October 5, 2020
He then shared a video on Twitter echoing misleading claims about the virus that he previously made in several Monday-afternoon tweets, telling Americans not to be afraid of the virus that has killed more than 200,000 Americans.
Doctors earlier Monday said Trump’s condition had improved after several therapeutic COVID-19 treatments. He is thought to have first tested positive for the virus on Thursday.
Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician, said Trump was healthy enough to leave Walter Reed but “may not entirely be out of the woods yet.”
Conley said Trump would be taken to the White House medical unit, where he is set to continue his treatment.
Multiple people who have interacted with Trump in the past week have tested positive for the coronavirus, including the first lady, Melania Trump; the adviser Hope Hicks; the Republican National Committee’s chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel; and the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany.
On Sunday, Trump was filmed temporarily leaving Walter Reed in the back of a black car to wave at supporters who were outside the medical centre.
“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, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University, said in a tweet. “They might get sick. They may die. For political theatre. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theatre. This is insanity.”
Trump announced early Friday morning that he and the first lady had tested positive for the virus.
Several government officials who have now tested positive attended a September 26 event at the White House Rose Garden where Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, leading to speculation that the occasion might have been a so-called superspreader event.
Other attendees who have tested positive include two senators, the former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and the University of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John Jenkins.
Those who attended could be seen not wearing masks or socially distancing, and part of the event included an indoor reception; the virus is known to spread more easily indoors. On September 29, Trump attended his first debate against the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Trump arrived too late to be tested, the moderator Chris Wallace said. His family could also be seen not wearing masks during the debate.
Trump attended a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday and a fundraiser at his Bedminster, New Jersey, resort on Thursday. He announced his positive diagnosis just hours after.