President Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was in the middle of getting treatment for Coronavirus, on Sunday. During the short drive-by, Trump, who was riding at the back of an SUV with windows rolled-up and wearing a mask, waved at his supporters as a display of strength despite his illness. This act has allegedly incited confusion about the status of his health as well as his questionable judgement of the danger it may have to his security agents who was with him during the drive.
CNN: An attending physician at Walter Reed harshly criticized Trump’s Sunday drive-by as a risk to the lives of Secret Service agents who accompanied him in his SUV
CNN reports that on Sunday, Trump’s doctors provided concerning details about his condition to reporters — including two alarming drops in his oxygen levels. But the late Sunday photo op underscored that the chief concern for the President, who was furious at his chief of staff for telling reporters about his troubling vital signs, is projecting a commanding image to the public.
An attending physician at Walter Reed harshly criticized Trump’s Sunday drive-by as a risk to the lives of Secret Service agents who accompanied him in his SUV.
“That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. 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,” Dr. Phillips tweeted.
AP News: With one month until Election Day, Trump was eager to project strength despite his illness
According to AP, the still-infectious president surprised supporters who had gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, driving by in a black SUV with the windows rolled up. Secret Service agents inside the vehicle could be seen in masks and other protective gear.
The move capped a weekend of contradictions that fueled confusion about Trump’s health, which has imperiled the leadership of the U.S. government and upended the final stages of the presidential campaign. While Trump’s physicians offered a rosy prognosis, they reported information about drops in his blood oxygen level that was initially withheld from the public.
Dr. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed says the President’s joyride last Sunday was “For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater.”