President Trump is now saying he feels better than he has in 20 years after he received an experimental drug cocktail—not approved by the FDA for the public—during his short stay at Walter Reed Medical Center. He returned to the White House where the number of members in his inner circle who have tested positive for COVID-19 continues to grow…
President Trump departed Walter Reed Medical Center Monday night, just a few days after testing positive for COVID-19. In his announcement of his release, he added that Americans should not be afraid of the virus—even as both the number of cases and the death toll in the US continue to grow.
Trump’s time at Walter Reed has been nothing short of eventful, and there has been a daily gathering of his supporters outside of the property. On Sunday Trump responded to the support by briefly leaving the hospital and holding a motorcade parade. Riding in the back seat – he can be seen waving at supporters while wearing a mask.
That move was met with heavy criticism, as many questioned whether the health of the Secret Service members involved was being taken into account. Critics included an attending physician at Walter Reed who took to Twitter to write, “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”
So far, we know that Trump’s press secretary and multiple aides have tested positive in recent days, but the White House says it has no plans to disclose the exact number of staff members who have contracted the virus.
Meanwhile, Trump has continued to be very active on Twitter, and in his latest video, he said, “It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the ‘let’s read the book’ school. And I get it and I understand it. And it’s a very interesting thing and you’re going to be learning a lot about it. In the meantime, we have the USA and we love what’s happening.”
We are 29 days from Election Day, and Trump is clearly trying to show that COVID-19 is not slowing him down. But it has had an impact on Capitol Hill. So far, three GOP Senators have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. This includes two on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that floor proceedings have been cancelled until Oct. 19, but he says that hearings to confirm Supreme Court Justice Nominee Amy Coney Barrett are still expected to begin next week on Oct. 12.
The Senate is also expected to vote on a coronavirus stimulus bill this week. But it’s not clear if it will even pass, as Democrats accuse Republicans of failing to do enough to address the basic needs of the American people, and the two sides remain in a gridlock.