Trump returns to White House after brief stay at Walter Reed
President Donald Trump is back in the White House where he’ll continue to recover from the coronavirus after spending the last few days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The president walked out of the hospital on his own and was transported back to the White House by Marine One.
Trump announced his own release from the hospital on Twitter Monday afternoon.
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago,” the president tweeted.
The president’s medical team, including his personal physician Dr. Sean Conley, held a press conference before Trump’s discharge. Conley said the president “may not be out of the woods yet” but there was no reason to be hospitalized.
“His clinical status supports the president’s safe return home,” Conley said. “We try to get patients out of the hospital as quickly as possible. There is nothing being done here that we can’t safely do at home.”
Conley said that the president was admitted to the hospital on Friday after he was experiencing mild symptoms including fever. The medical team said Trump is fever-free and has not been on fever-reducing medicine for more than 72 hours.
The president was treated with an antibody cocktail, as well as zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and daily aspirin. He is also on a five-day course of Remdesivir. His final dose will be administered at the White House.
Upon arrival at the White House, Trump released a video on Twitter addressing Americans. He said not to be afraid of the virus.
“One thing that’s for certain don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it,” said Trump. “We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines. All developed recently.”
Trump also appeared to address his critics and defend his choice of being so active on the campaign trail.
“As your leader I had to do that. I knew there’s danger to it, but I had to do it,” he said. “I stood out front. I led. Nobody that’s a leader would not do what I did.”
The president said that he looks forward to returning to the campaign trail soon and will be participating in the second presidential debate.
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