Video: Trump briefly leaves hospital to greet supporters
London, Oct. 5, 2020 (AltAfrica)-US President Donald Trump has briefly left hospital in a motorcade to wave to supporters gathered outside before returning.
The president was in the Beast, as the presidential limo is called, and was driven by the screaming, applauding crowds. He waved to them from inside car and was wearing a face mask.
In the front passenger seat was a person wearing full personal protective gear, including a face shield. Secret Service agents were also in the car. The president went into the hospital Friday evening after testing positive for the coronavirus.
One doctor, who is an attending physician at Walter Reed, criticizing the president for the visit, saying the risk of COVID transmission inside the SUV is ‘as high as it gets outside of medical procedures.’
‘That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack,’ Dr. James Phillipsy, ta George Washington University doctor who is also an attending a Walter Reed, wrote on 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,’ he added.
The White House said the president made a short trip and then returned to the presidential suite inside the hospital.
‘President Trump took a short, last-minute motorcade ride to wave to his supporters outside and has now returned to the Presidential Suite inside Walter Reed,’ White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement..
It’s unclear whether Trump’s drive by visit will pay off politically. While it thrilled his supporters, most voters give the president negative remarks for his handling of the pandemic. He’s also down in the polls with six weeks until the election.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out on Sunday had him trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden by 14 points, 53% to 39% – the first time his support against Biden has fallen under 40 percent
Earlier his medical team said he was improving and suggested he could be discharged as early as Monday.
Trump’s doctor revealed the president is on a course of steroids and is experiencing ‘ups and downs’.