Washington: On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump removed his mask when he returned to the White House and met with strong opposition. He urged Americans not to worry about the COVID-19 disease, which has killed more than 209,000 people in the country and sent him to the hospital.
Trump came to the White House on Monday with a spectacle made for television. He was wearing a white surgical mask and descended from his Marine Corps helicopter until he posed on the south porch of the mansion and saluted him Take it off when you wave your hand.
“Don t let it dominate you. Don t be afraid of it,” Trump said in a video after his return from the Walter Reed Medical Center military hospital outside Washington where he was admitted on Friday for the disease caused by the coronavirus.
“I m better, and maybe I m immune – I don t know,” he added, flanked by American flags and with the Washington Monument in the background. “Get out there. Be careful.”
Trump, who received experimental treatment, has repeatedly played down the disease, which has killed more than 1 million people worldwide. The United States has the world s highest death toll from the pandemic.
White House physician Dr. Sean. Conley (P. Conley) emphasized that the Republican presidential candidate will be re-elected with Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3 general election, and he will provide world-class medical services around the clock.
Trump has repeatedly viewed social guidance guidelines designed to curb the spread of the virus and ignored his medical advisers. In the presidential debate last Tuesday, he mocked Biden for wearing a mask during the campaign.
“I was aghast when he said COVID should not be feared,” said William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
“This is a disease that is killing around a thousand people a day, has torpedoed the economy, put people out of work. This is a virus that should be both respected and feared.”
Democrats also weighed in. “This is a tragic failure of leadership,” Democratic Senator Chris Coons tweeted.
But Trump depicted himself as a man who vanquished the disease and emerged stronger.
“If the President bounces back onto the campaign trail, he will be an invincible hero, who not only survived every dirty trick the Democrats threw at him, but the Chinese virus as well,” he wrote on Twitter.
A Twitter post by Biden showed images of himself donning a mask and Trump removing his. “Masks Matter. They save lives,” the caption read.
White House spokesperson Judd Deere said that all precautions are being taken to protect the president and his family. Trump’s personal access will be restricted, and people near him will wear appropriate protective equipment.
Last weekend, after Trump’s doctors made a contradictory or opaque assessment of his condition, issues about Trump’s health continued to spread.
His doctor said his oxygen saturation dropped to the point where supplemental oxygen was needed on Friday and Saturday, and he will receive his last dose of the antiviral drug remdesivir in the White House on Tuesday.
Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.