Washington, October 6
US President Donald Trump has returned to the White House after being discharged from a military hospital where he was under treatment for Covid since Friday, telling his followers that he would be back on the campaign trail soon, and not to be “afraid” of the disease and not let it “dominate” their lives. Trump, 74, who appeared to be healthy, waved at reporters on Monday. In an unusual move, Trump climbed up the South Portico stairs instead of the elevators to go to his residence, showing his fitness. The President removed his mask in the White House, where several staff and aides have tested positive for the virus in recent days. Earlier, he was discharged from the Walter Reed National Medical Center after doctors found him fit enough to go back home. “Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!! The Fake News only shows the Fake Polls,” Trump said in a tweet, moments before leaving Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, a Maryland suburb of Washington DC.
In a mass email to his supporters after his arrival at the White House, Trump asked them not to be afraid of Covid-19.
The US is the worst hit nation and has some 7.4 million cases of Covid-19 and 210,000 deaths. “I’m telling you: Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life! This is the greatest country in the world and under the Trump Administration, we have developed some really great drugs and knowledge. WE WILL BEAT THIS, TOGETHER!” he said.
“The love and support from Americans from all over the world have been incredible and something I’ll never forget. When I saw many great patriots outside the hospital supporting me, I knew I had to drive by and thank them!” Trump added. His former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the President was strong and upbeat.
“He’s a fighter and will not quit battling this virus or surrender to the liberal mob and forces out to destroy our country,” Sanders said in a tweet. Before boarding Marine One at Walter Reed, Trump told reporters that he was feeling good. White House physician Dr Sean Conley told reporters at the Walter Reed National Military Center, Trump has exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria and has received another dose of remdesivir drug in his treatment of Covid-19. “Over the past 24 hours, the President has continued to improve. He’s met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria. He has received another dose of remdesivir… and then we plan to get him home. PTI
Kamala, Pence all set for Vice-President debate today
- Senator Kamala Harris and Vice-President Mike Pence and are all set for a debate in the Sal Lake City of Utah on Wednesday. This will be for the first time in the American history that an Indian origin person will be taking up the podium for a vice-presidential debate.
- Political analysts believe that an aggressive Harris, 55, will easily prevail over Pence, 61, during the only vice-presidential debate and help her running mate Joe Biden, 77, to widen his lead over Trump, 74. Biden, in the last few days, has widened his lead over Trump by double digit.