US President Donald Trump momentarily left the Walter Reed military hospital this Sunday to greet the group of supporters by surprise and from a car They have focused on the vicinity of the complex, a decision that raised much criticism.
Trump, with a mask and closed windows, appeared in one of the armored vehicles of his presidential entourage and greeted the people who have gathered outside the Walter Reed complex, in Bethesda (Maryland), with flags with the name of the president and messages of support for the president, who has been admitted here since Friday night after testing positive for Covid-19.
Two secret service agents, also wearing masks, led him on this brief exit from the hospital. The trip was not announced and even the group of White House journalists who stand guard to report on the president were not warned in advance.
TRUMP ORDERED 200 PIZZAS FOR THE PEOPLE ACCOMPANYING HIM OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL. DEFINITELY THE BEST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY.
– Profe Abrazo Capo (@AbrazoCapo_) October 5, 2020
Trump announced his departure in a video on Twitter a little after 5:00 pm (local time): “We are going to pay a little surprise visit to some of the patriots who are on the street, who have been there a long time, cwith flags of Trump and that they love our country. ” Later, Trump ordered 200 pizzas for people outside the hospital.
“It has been a very interesting trip, I have learned a lot about Covid. I have learned it by going to the real school. This is not the school of reading books. I have learned and understood it “Trump assured as if his hospital stay was coming to an end. The president said that he has had the opportunity to meet soldiers and emergency personnel, despite the fact that a Covid-19 patient should be in total isolation.
That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. 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.
— Dr. James P. Phillips, MD (@DrPhillipsMD) October 4, 2020
James Philips, the physician responsible for the residents of Walter Reed Hospital, harshly criticized Trump’s decision to briefly leave the hospital on Twitter: “The van (in which the president was transported) is not only armored, it is hermetically sealed. against chemical attacks The risk of transmission of Covid-19 it is the highest possible except for medical processes. Irresponsibility is scandalous. I am sorry for the Secret Service agents who were forced to participate. “
The White House Correspondents Association issued a statement criticizing the president’s team will not communicate the departure in advance to journalists on call.
“It is a scandal that the president leaves the hospital, even for a moment, in a health crisis without the pool (assigned group) of journalists present to ensure that the American people he knows what he is doing and how the president is “said the association, which defends independent coverage of the activities of the Presidency.
Trump entered the presidential suite of Walter Reed Hospital on Friday afternoon after testing positive for Covid-19 and experiencing a drop in blood oxygen and fever. Since Friday, the president has improvedaccording to her medical team, and although she has seen a second drop in her oxygen levels, she has only shown mild symptoms.
The doctors who treat him assured that the president I could leave the hospital this Monday and to continue his treatment with antivirals and steroids in the White House.