Some of President Trump’s supporters viewed his appearance in an S.U.V. to greet supporters as a sign that he was overcoming his illness.
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Trump reportedly wanted to rip open his button-down to reveal a Superman T-shirt to surprise people when he left the hospital
Summary List Placement President Donald Trump, who contracted the coronavirus earlier this month, floated an idea...Summary List Placement President Donald Trump, who contracted the coronavirus earlier this month, floated an idea to surprise observers by ripping open his button-down shirt to reveal a Superman t-shirt underneath, according to a New York Times report published Saturday. Trump made several calls during his stay at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last week, in which he proposed the idea of first appearing physically weak to observers, people familiar with the matter reportedly said. Upon leaving the hospital, he would rip open his dress shirt to reveal a shirt with the infamous Superman logo, according to The Times. Trump announced he was diagnosed with the coronavirus on Friday, October 2. By the next night, he was transported to Walter Reed and began taking remdesivir, an anti-viral drug. He was also given an experimental antibody cocktail from the drugmaker Regeneron, and later placed on the steroid dexamethasone. During Trump's three-day stay at the hospital, contradicting narratives on his prognosis emerged. Unnamed Trump advisors and other associates reportedly described him as being "very tired, very fatigued and having some trouble breathing," according to CNN. Others have claimed the rumors were exaggerated. The uncertainty of Trump's condition was exacerbated after White House physician Sean Conley gave differing timelines for the president's infection. Conley initially claimed that Trump's condition was improving after a 72-hour diagnosis, which meant he would have been diagnosed on Wednesday, September 30. He later released a statement saying he "incorrectly" stated the timeline. At the time, Conley also dodged several important questions pertaining to Trump's diagnosis, including whether the president received supplemental oxygen. On Sunday, Trump briefly left the hospital and rode around in the presidential SUV, waving to supporters. His trip was widely criticized for having allegedly endangered those around him in a confined space, including US Secret Service agents, for a photo op. By Monday, he walked out of the hospital. He has since scheduled to appear at several campaign rallies ahead of the November 3 election. "Don't let it dominate you," Trump said in a recorded video. "Don't be afraid of it. You're going to beat it." As of October, over 210,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the US.Join the conversation about this story »
President poses near his staff and downplays threat of Covid-19 after three days at military medical...President poses near his staff and downplays threat of Covid-19 after three days at military medical centerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA contagious Donald Trump returned to the White House on Monday and immediately took off his face mask for a photo op, despite being in close proximity to his staff.After a three-day stay at a military hospital to treat symptoms of coronavirus, the US president stepped off the Marine One helicopter just before 7pm and walked up the south portico staircase. He stopped in front of an illuminated entrance with four US flags, turned to face the south lawn – and brazenly removed his mask while posing for cameras. Continue reading...
A majority of Americans say Trump didn't do enough to avoid getting COVID-19 and acted irresponsible around others, polling shows
Summary List Placement Americans are seemingly unimpressed by President Donald Trump's efforts to avoid both contracting...Summary List Placement Americans are seemingly unimpressed by President Donald Trump's efforts to avoid both contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to others, based on new polling released Monday. Voters were asked by Morning Consult/Politico whether Trump took the proper precautions to protect himself from COVID-19. More than three-in-five voters (63% overall) said Trump did not take proper precautions, with less than a quarter (23%) stating that the president did take the proper precautions, the poll found. A separate poll, conducted by CNN, asked voters if they thought Trump acted responsibly or irresponsibly in handling the risk of coronavirus infection to the people who have been around him recently. A majority of voters (63%) said Trump acted irresponsibly, according to the poll, while roughly a third (33%) said the president acted responsibly. Trump has spent months downplaying the threat of COVID-19 and flouting public health recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus. During the first presidential debate last Tuesday, less than a week before Trump tested positive for the virus, the president mocked former Vice President Joe Biden for routinely wearing a mask in public. Top medical experts, including those advising Trump within the government, have consistently urged Americans to wear a mask or face-covering to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Trump has generally rejected this advice and pushed against the notion wearing masks benefits public health amid the pandemic. Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 late last week, and subsequently transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center after his condition worsened. A little over a week ago, Trump held an event in the Rose Garden to announce his Supreme Court nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in mid-September. Attendees did not social distance or wear masks, and a number have since tested positive for the virus. Last Thursday, longtime Trump adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. Trump has faced backlash for attending a fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday, where he was in contact with roughly 100 people, given he'd been in Hicks' vicinity earlier in the week. White House officials have said they learned of Hicks' diagnosis after Trump left Washington for New Jersey. The president was also widely criticized by medical professionals on Sunday after he took a car ride near the hospital to wave at supporters who'd gathered in the area. Experts said that Trump unnecessarily put the lives of Secret Service agents at risk. Trump is set to leave the hospital on Monday evening, though the White House physician earlier in the day cautioned that the president "may not entirely be out of the woods yet" with the virus. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What happens to animals during wildfires