PRESIDENT Donald Trump has returned to the White House after four days of emergency treatment for COVID-19, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington DC. Trump pulled off his mask the moment he reached the White House and vowing to quickly get back on the campaign trail.
Shortly beforehand, Trump had tweeted that Americans, who have lost nearly 210,000 people to the virus, have nothing to fear.
On discharge from the hospital, President Trump walked in a mask to a limousine, giving the thumbs up, before boarding Marine One helicopter for the quick flight to the White House — which he left on Friday after falling ill.
After landing, he walked up the steps onto the South Portico’s stately balcony, demonstratively removed his mask and offered a 23-second salute to the departing Marine One.
With less than a month until Election Day on November 3, polls show Trump trailing Democrat Joe Biden. The president’s hospitalization left him scrambling even harder to catch up.
The return to the White House was minutely stage-managed to show he is physically fit, while a series of striking tweets demonstrated Trump’s coming angle of political attack: that he personally beat COVID and will now lead the country to its own comeback.
“Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!!” he said in one tweet.
“Don’t be afraid of COVID,” he said in another, claiming to be feeling rejuvenated after his illness.
The remark startled his rival, who was campaigning Monday, in Florida.
“Tell that to the 205,000 families who lost somebody,” Biden snapped.
The former vice president added to his comments later Monday, at an outdoor town hall in Miami, where he criticized Trump for downplaying the importance of masks.
“I would hope that the president, having gone through what he went through — and I’m glad he seems to be coming along pretty well — would communicate the right lesson to the American people: masks matter,” Biden said.
Meanwhile, leading member of the US coronavirus task force, Dr Anthony Fauci, who was not involved in Donald Trump’s primary care has said on October 6, that the US President can have a reversal in disease progression. While Trump returned to White House after spending four days at Walter Reed Medical Centre following his COVID-19 diagnosis, Fauci said in an interview with CNN that that issue with the disease in the preliminary stage is that, there is a possibility of a rebound after five-eight days.