President Trump returned to the White House Monday evening after spending three-day being treated for COVID-19 at Walter Reed National Military Center, releasing a video message telling Americans not to be afraid of the virus.
“One thing that’s for certain — Don’t let it dominate you,” Trump said in a one-minute long video filmed from the White House balcony. “Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment, we have the best medicines, all developed recently. And you’re going to beat it.”
Trump said when he revealed his positive diagnosis last Friday that he “didn’t feel so good” but two days later after receiving treatment at Walter Reed he started to feel “better than he did 20 years ago.”
“We’re going back, we’re going back to work,” Trump continued. “We’re going to be out front. As your leader, I had to do that. I knew there’s a danger to it, but I had to do it. I stood out front and led. Nobody that is a leader would not do what I did. And I know there’s a risk, there’s a danger, but that’s okay.”
Upon landing in the White House, Trump was seen walking up the stairs to the second-floor balcony of the South Portico. From there, Trump removed his mask, causing an uproar from the left and a media outrage as he saluted the Marine One helicopter lifting off.
Trump teased his release from Walter Reed Monday afternoon, saying is “feeling really good!”
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
“Feeling really good!” Trump tweeted. “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!”
“Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!!” Trump said in another tweet shortly before he left the hospital.
Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!! The Fake News only shows the Fake Polls.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
White House Physician, Dr. Sean Conley told reporters the president “may not entirely be out of the woods yet,” but he met “most of his discharge requirements.”
“Over the past 24 hours, the president’s condition has continued to improve,” Dr. Conley told reporters. “He met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria. Although he may not be entirely out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all our evaluations, and most importantly, his clinical status, support the president’s safe return home, where he will be surrounded by world-class medical care, 24/7.”
“We try to get patients out of the hospital as quickly as possible,” Conley said. “There is nothing being done here that we can’t safely do at home.”
He added, “We all remain cautiously optimistic and on guard because we’re in a bit of uncharted territory when it comes to a patient who received the therapies he has.”
When pressed on detailed information from reporters on Trump’s health in specific his lung scans, the White House physician reminded reporters that HIPAA laws prevent a doctor from releasing such findings.
Conley said over the weekend that the president had received an antibody cocktail, as well as zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and a daily aspirin, along with his five-day course of Remdesivir. Trump is expected to receive a fifth and final dose of Remdesivir at the White House on Tuesday.
Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday morning after it was revealed that senior adviser Hope Hicks tested positive on Thursday evening. The president was admitted to Walter Reed later Friday evening as a precautionary measure after suffering “mild” symptoms.