Trump leaves hospital to greet supporters amid COVID-19 treatment

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Published: October 5,2020 09:06 AM
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October 5, 2020: US President Donald Trump, who is being treated for the highly-infectious COVID-19 at a hospital, left the facility briefly on Monday to greet his supporters gathered outside.

October 5, 2020: US President Donald Trump, who is being treated for the highly-infectious COVID-19 at a hospital, left the facility briefly on Monday to greet his supporters gathered outside, a move that sparked an angry backlash from the medical community.



A prayer vigil was held on Sunday evening for President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump by the Indian American community to wish them a speedy recovery. His supporters not only gathered outside the hospital but also showed support virtually from cities across the United States.



Trump came out of the hospital for a brief drive in his bulletproof vehicle wearing a face mask and he waves at his supporters from his car.





The US President’s protocol-breaking visit, however, did not go down well with the medical community, who slammed Trump for breaking his own health guidelines that ask patients to be in isolation while they are in treatment.



James Phillips, Chief of Disaster Medicine at George Washington University said, “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”.



Zeke Emanuel, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania also criticised Trump’s outing and described it as "shameful."



White House spokesman Judd Deere, however, said that “appropriate” precautions were taken to protect Trump and his support staff, including protective gear. “The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do,” he added.