On Sunday, US President Donald Trump left his Presidential Suite in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a “surprise visit” despite undergoing treatment for COVID-19.
Last week, the President announced to his Twitter followers that he and first lady Melania Trump both tested positive for COVID-19.
After the announcement, the President was taken to Walter Reed, and his physicians administered different COVID-19 treatment for him.
One of those treatments is the experimental COVID-19 drug, Remdisiver, which experts say is for patients with “moderate to severe” COVID-19 cases.
Trump, along with other people inside the vehicle, were seen wearing masks.
Trump’s “Short Visit,” On Brand With His COVID-19 Response
Before his short visit to “patriots” outside Walter Reed, the President posted a video message through his Twitter account.
In the video, he thanked medical practitioners for their work.
He also shared that he learned a lot about COVID-19 through his own experience with the virus and “understand(s) it.”
However, Trump’s short visit to his followers endangers the people with him inside the SUV.
The act, it seems, is not a far cry from his brand of COVID-19 response pf downplaying the virus.
In fact, last month, investigative journalist Bob Woodward revealed Trump knew the virus was “deadly” since February.
However, the President said he downplayed its effect and misled the public to avoid “panic.”
Critics, some of them, physicians, are not happy with Trump’s short visit to his supporters.
One of them, Dr. James Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reeds, calls the visit irresponsible, per a report first published by the Hill.
“This is insanity,” wrote Phillips on Twitter.
The physician noted that the SUV “is not only bulletproof but hermetically sealed.”
Meaning the risk for COVID-19 transmission “is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures.”
According to Phillips, everyone inside the “unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by” has to undergo quarantine for 14 days.
“They might get sick. They may die,” Phillips added
Some people also pointed out that Trump violated Maryland’s COVID-19 guidelines for people in quarantine for COVID-19, per Hills.
White House Deputy Press Secretary, Judd Deere, clarified that Trump’s medical team approved his “short visit.”