US President Donald Trump sparked an indignant backlash from the medical group Sunday with a protocol-breaking go to to his supporters outdoors the hospital the place he’s being handled for the highly-infectious, probably lethal new coronavirus.
He was masked as he waved from inside his bulletproof car in the course of the quick journey outdoors Walter Reed navy medical middle close to Washington, which appeared designed to take again the narrative on his enhancing well being after a weekend of muddled messaging from his medical doctors.
The last-minute limousine outing got here with Trump’s medical doctors happy sufficient about his progress to recommend the opportunity of his being discharged on Monday.
However consultants complained that the outing broke his personal authorities’s public well being pointers requiring sufferers to isolate whereas they’re in therapy and nonetheless shedding virus — and endangered his Secret Service safety.
Trump, who has been repeatedly rebuked for flouting public well being pointers and spreading misinformation on the pandemic, mentioned in a video that dropped on Twitter simply earlier than the looks that he had “discovered rather a lot about Covid” by “actually going to high school” as he has battled the virus.
However well being consultants took to the airwaves and social media to criticize the “stunt,” which they mentioned demonstrated that he had discovered nothing in any respect.
“Each single individual within the car throughout that utterly pointless Presidential ‘drive-by’ simply now must be quarantined for 14 days,” mentioned James Phillips, chief of catastrophe drugs at George Washington College.
“They may get sick. They could die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to place their lives in danger for theater. That is madness.”
White Home spokesman Judd Deere mentioned “applicable” precautions had been taken to guard Trump and his assist employees, together with protecting gear.
“The motion was cleared by the medical staff as protected to do,” he added.