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Donald Trump announced Monday that he would be released from the hospital at the end of the afternoon, launching on Twitter: “Do not be afraid of the Covid”. But according to the White House doctor, the American president is “perhaps not yet completely out of the woods”.
President Donald Trump must be discharged from the hospital, Monday, October 5, at the end of the day. He was admitted there last Friday, less than 24 hours after testing positive for Covid-19.
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6.30 p.m. I feel really good! Don’t be afraid of the Covid. Don’t let it rule your life (…) I feel better than there is 20! ”he wrote on Twitter.
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
With 29 days of the presidential elections, the President of the United States, who is seeking a second term, is impatient to give the image of a mobilized candidate. Hospitalized for only three days, he took the opportunity to try to appear invigorated by this ordeal, and to defend once again his management of the pandemic, criticized from all sides.
The White House doctor, however, tempered this announcement. “Although he may not yet be completely out of the woods, the team and I agree that all of our exams and especially his clinical condition allow for a safe return. at home, “said Dr Sean Conley.
“He will benefit from world-class medical care 24 hours a day,” he added, adding that some treatments administered to Donald Trump were experimental.
Donald Trump will remain confined to the presidency for a while, equipped to continue to receive treatment. He will therefore still be deprived of travel to key states while he is still lagging behind in the polls, against his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
However, the White House looks more and more like a virulent hotbed of the coronavirus. After the president, his wife Melania, his close advisor Hope Hicks and several other members of his team, it is Kayleigh McEnany, spokesman for Donald Trump, who announced Monday that he had tested positive for Covid-19. On several occasions in recent days, she has addressed journalists without wearing a mask.
This announcement, after three days of cacophonous communication on the state of health of the president of the first world power, reinforces a little more the image of an executive who has not taken the full measure of the epidemic.
A more serious condition than what had been announced
The presidential doctor ended up admitting on Sunday that his patient’s initial condition had been more serious than what had been officially declared at first, reinforcing the impression of a real lack of transparency, even of real concern at the height of the illness.
Turning around on his press briefing on Saturday, Dr Sean Conley confirmed that Donald Trump did need oxygen on Friday, for about an hour, at the White House, an episode deemed sufficiently disturbing for decide to hospitalize him the same evening.
The doctor also announced another episode of decreased oxygen saturation that occurred on Saturday morning. And also on Saturday, the doctors administered a third treatment, dexamethasone, a corticosteroid effective against severe forms of Covid-19, in addition to the antiviral remdesivir and the experimental cocktail from the company Regeneron, which he received from Friday. Dr Conley admitted that he had not revealed this incident the day before to project an “optimistic” picture.
The family and entourage of Donald Trump are indeed trying to portray a president “fighter” ready to overcome the disease and return to the ring. From Sunday, with his brief exit to greet from his car his supporters in front of the hospital, the ex-real estate mogul had expressed his impatience to resume his campaign.
Because opposite, Joe biden, 77, who maintained or even increased his lead in voting intentions after last week’s confused debate against Donald Trump, continues his campaign at his own pace. He traveled to Florida on Monday, one of the key states the outgoing president must win again, as in 2016, to maintain any hope of victory at the national level.
I’m in Florida to discuss my plans to build back our economy better for the Hispanic community and working families. Tune in. https://t.co/bKRYmvaH8O
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 5, 2020
With AFP and Reuters