Returning to an embattled White House fighting to contain its own Covid-19 outbreak, a still contagious Donald Trump stood on the South Portico steps on Monday night and tore off his face mask for a photo op, despite, AP reports, staff being seen nearby, after telling Americans to not be afraid of the virus that has killed 210,000 people nationwide.
Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening, following three days of treatment for coronavirus symptoms.
Speaking in a video about the virus, maskless, from the White House, Trump downplayed its risks and told Americans: “Don’t be afraid of it.”
Trump returned to a White House that is battling its own coronavirus outbreak, with growing numbers of staff and guests testing positive in recent days, including Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
With the White House outbreak growing, the Trump administration has come under fire for endangering staff by not following CDC guidelines intended to prevent coronavirus transmission, including social distancing and mask-wearing.
Trump’s decision to undertake a presidential “drive by” while receiving treatment at Walter Reed drew similar criticism, with one attending physician calling it “insanity”
In a video filmed on his return to the White House, a maskless Donald Trump gave the American public some peculiar advice on managing the virus that has killed over 200,000 Americans: “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it. We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines, all developed recently.”
In response to Trump, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden posted a video on Twitter contrasting the pair’s stance on masks. “Wear a mask,” he wrote. “Masks matter. They save lives,” the video said.
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Trump’s health in the days ahead. While Trump has received a number of experimental treatments unavailable to the American public that may have boosted his recovery, he is not yet well. Information on his condition, as well as when he last tested negative, has been patchy, inconsistent and vague. Upon his discharge, White House Physician Sean Conley said that while Trump’s condition has improved he “may not entirely be out of the woods yet.”
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