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4 Oct, 2020 22:05

Trump briefly LEAVES hospital in slow drive past crowd of cheering supporters outside Walter Reed (VIDEOS)

Trump briefly LEAVES hospital in slow drive past crowd of cheering supporters outside Walter Reed (VIDEOS)

President Donald Trump was seen briefly leaving Walter Reed National hospital on Sunday afternoon, after his doctors said earlier in the day that improvements in his condition might allow for him to return to the White House soon.

The surprise move excited a crowd of supporters who had been demonstrating outside the hospital in support of Trump. A black Chevrolet Suburban carrying Trump passed close to a security fence, behind which supporters waved flags and cheered for him. Trump, wearing a mask, waved to the crowd from inside the sport-utility vehicle as he passed by.

Trump had been taken to Walter Reed on Friday, the day after he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for Covid-19, because he was suffering from a high temperature and reduced oxygen levels in his blood.

Doctors told reporters in a press conference earlier Sunday that Trump’s symptoms had improved steadily and that his body temperature had been normal since spiking briefly and dropping back down on Friday morning.

“If he continues to look and feel as well as he does today, our hope is that we can plan for a discharge as early as tomorrow to the White House to continue his treatment course,” Dr. Brian Garibaldi said at Sunday’s press conference.

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Trump praised and thanked the staff at Walter Reed in a video that he tweeted Sunday afternoon and said he was about to make “a little surprise visit” to his supporters outside.

“It’s been a very interesting journey,” Trump 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-book school. And I get it, and I understand it.”

The short appearance outside the hospital was perhaps fitting in a weekend of confusing signals for White House reporters. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters Saturday that Trump’s vital signs were “very concerning” over the past day, which seemed to contradict a favorable medical update by his doctors. Dr. Sean Conley said Meadows’ statement was misconstrued and that he was speaking of the episode Friday when Trump’s temperature rose and his oxygen level dropped, leading to his move to the hospital.

Asked why he failed until Sunday to report that Trump was given supplementary oxygen on Friday, Conley said, “I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president, that his course of illness has had. I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction.” The doctor acknowledged that he may have come off as “trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true. The fact of the matter is that he’s doing very well.”

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