“Don’t be afraid of Covid,” said President Trump to the Americans upon discharge
|US President Donald Trump removed his mask when he returned to the White House on October 5 after three days of Covid-19 treatment outside Washington. Photo: AFP|
When asked about his feelings about returning to the White House – where his team and his reelection campaign are being hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump said: “Really good”, according to the group of reporters who closely followed the news of Mr. Trump’s discharge from the hospital and returning to the White House.
Trump wore a mask when he boarded a helicopter leaving the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington. Arriving at the White House, the US President stepped onto the South Portico, removed his mask and waved. A video of Trump later showed Mr. Trump stepped inside the White House and his mask still kept in his pocket.
Trump is coping with a plague that has claimed the lives of more than 1 million people globally and more than 209,000 people in the US – the highest of any Covid-19 confirmed country. The Republican president is very enthusiastic about the re-election to the White House and confronts former US Vice President Joe Biden in the next November 3 election.
President Trump announced that he had Covid-19 early in the morning on October 2 and then Trump was sent for treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center the same day.
“Don’t let it (Covid-19) dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it,” Mr. Trump said in a video recorded after he returned to the White House. “We’ll be back, we’ll get back to work. Let’s move forward… Don’t let it dominate your life. Get out of it and be careful,” said the US President.
Shortly after Trump’s return to the White House, a video with music was posted on Trump’s Twitter page. This video quickly attracted the interest of the online community with nearly 1 million views. It shows that Mr. Trump has once again ignored the guidelines of implementing social distancing to curb the spread of Covid-19. Previously, Mr. Trump had mocked Democrat rival Joe Biden “wearing the biggest mask he has ever seen” during a live debate taking place in Ohio on the evening of September 29.