United States President Donald Trump remains under medical in hospital for COVID-19 treatment. Uncertainty prevails over the chances that he could recover by Monday as confusion continues over the severity of his illness. His oxygen level slumped twice and he had to go through a steroid treatment. On Sunday, the Republican made a surprise public appearance in a drive-past for his supporters drawing criticism.
“More than 205,000 Americans are dead. We need leadership. Not photo ops,” tweeted Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the Democrats in the US House of Representatives.
Donning a mask, the President gave his well-wishers a handwave from behind the glass of a sealed car after announcing through a tweet that he would temporarily leave the Walter Reed hospital to greet his supporters with a “surprise visit” to “patriots” outside. Earlier it appeared that his condition was more serious compared to the previous reports when arrived at the health clinic on Friday evening.
The WH had said that Mr. Trump was experience “mild symptoms” of novel corona-virus but it has confirmed at the weekend that he underwent supplemental oxygen treatment after his oxygen level dropped twice within two days. He was given steroid dexamethasone which is normally used for serious cases according to experts. Nevertheless, Trump didn’t fail to paint an image of strength, tweeting images of himself appearing to work from the hospital bed and a video teaser for his surprise drive past to acknowledge the support of his voters.
In a tweet, the Republican – clad in a suit jacket and shirt with no tie – said: “I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the let’s read the books school. I get it and I understand it. It’s a very interesting thing, I’ll be letting you know about it.”
The President’s diagnosis earlier on Friday, has badly hampered his election campaign against Democratic rival and former VP Joe Biden on Nov 3, 2020.
Earlier at the Weekend
Earlier on Friday, a feverish Trump was flown to hospital after the diagnosis of infection. WH announced that the president was “fatigued but in good spirits” and was shifted to hospital out of precaution.
How did the President look on Friday?
The President appeared on the camera of reporters for a short while walking out across the Rose Garden to his helicopter, Marine One to fly to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington DC Suburbs. He waved and gave a thumbs-up for the cameras but didn’t said a word before getting onboard.
In a video posted to Twitter, Trump said: “I think I’m doing very well. But we’re going to make sure that things work out. The first lady is doing very well. So, thank you very much.”
Trump’s children, Ivanka and Eric, retweeted father’s post, lauding him as a “warrior”. Melania added: “I love you dad.”
Trump was taken to the presidential suite at Walter Reed and shortly before midnight, he tweeted again: “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”.
The White House
WH press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in a statement said: “”President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day. Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the president will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the first lady.”