Breaking News
Get Actionable Insights with InvestingPro+: Start 7 Day FREE Trial Register here
Investing Pro 0
Ad-Free Version. Upgrade your Investing.com experience. Save up to 40% More details

Infected Trump greets supporters in motorcade outside hospital; his health unclear

PoliticsOct 04, 2020 09:56PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 
2/2 © Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump, who is being treated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a military hospital outside Washington, makes announcement via video 2/2

By Alexandra Alper and Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Doctors treating President Donald Trump for COVID-19 sent conflicting signals about the severity of his condition on Sunday, hours before the president surprised supporters gathered outside the hospital with an impromptu motorcade.

Trump, 74, wore a mask as he waved from the back seat of a black SUV that crawled in a caravan of vehicles in front of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington, while supporters waving Trump 2020 flags chanted: "USA! USA!"

Trump, who said on Friday morning he had the infectious disease, was swiftly criticized for risking the health of support staff.

It was Trump's first appearance in public since he was evacuated to the hospital on Friday.

"It's a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID," he said in a video posted on Twitter shortly beforehand.

Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden tested negative again for the disease that has killed more than 200,000 Americans, his campaign said on Sunday. The former vice president, who shared a debate stage with Trump last Tuesday, previously tested negative in two tests on Friday, the day Trump disclosed his coronavirus infection.

Doctors said the president was improving, although they were monitoring the condition of his lungs after he received supplemental oxygen. They said he could be sent back to the White House as soon as Monday.

But Dr. Sean P. Conley said the president's condition had been worse than he previously admitted. Conley said Trump's blood oxygen levels had dropped in prior days and that he had run a high fever on Friday morning.

Asked what tests had revealed about the condition of Trump's lungs, Conley replied: "There's some expected findings, but nothing of any major clinical concern."

Conley's response suggested the X-rays revealed some signs of pneumonia, said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University.

"The expected finding is that he has evidence of pneumonia in the X-ray. If it was normal they would just say it is normal," Adalja said.

Other doctors not involved in Trump's treatment said there was evidence his case was severe. Trump is being given dexmethasone, a steroid used in severe COVID cases, as well as the intravenous antiviral drug Remdesivir and an experimental antibody treatment from Regeneron (NASDAQ:REGN) Pharmaceuticals.

"It would be very unlikely for him to be out and about, and on the campaign trail in less than 14 days," said Dr. David Battinelli, chief medical officer at New York's Northwell Health.

Administration officials have given contradictory assessments of Trump's health. Conley and other doctors delivered a positive prognosis on Saturday, which was promptly undercut by Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

"I was trying to reflect an upbeat attitude of the team and the president about the course his illness has had," Conley told reporters on Sunday. "I didn't want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction."

'IRRESPONSIBILITY'

Trump spent much of the year downplaying the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected 7.4 million Americans, killed more than 209,000, and caused an economic downturn that has thrown millions out of work.

He said he had been meeting soldiers and first responders at the hospital, raising new questions about whether he was now directly exposing others to the disease.

Critics said personnel who traveled in Trump's armored SUV during the afternoon motorcade would now have to self-quarantine for 14 days. "The irresponsibility is astounding," Dr. James Phillips, an attending physician at the hospital, said on Twitter.

The White House Correspondents Association objected that reporters had not been told about Trump's drive-by before it happened.

White House spokesman Judd Deere (NYSE:DE) said the trip had been approved by medical staff and that appropriate precautions had been taken.

Health officials in New Jersey said they were trying to track down more than 200 people who attended a Trump fundraising event at his golf course there on Thursday. Trump traveled to the event after close adviser Hope Hicks had contracted the virus, and just hours before he announced that he had tested positive.

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox News that Trump tested positive after that fundraiser, not beforehand.

Trump's illness has upended his re-election campaign as it seeks to fend off Biden in the final month of the race. Several members of his inner circle have also tested positive for the disease, as well as three Republican members of the U.S. Senate.

Two members of the White House residence staff tested positive for COVID-19 a few weeks ago, and Trump's "body man" aide, Nicholas Luna, has also tested positive, according to a source familiar with the situation.

'AGGRESSIVE' CAMPAIGN CONTINUES

Biden in recent days has wished Trump a speedy recovery, while also criticizing his response to the pandemic.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll published on Sunday found Biden had opened a 10-point lead over Trump nationally, slightly wider than it has been for the past two months. Some 65% of Americans said Trump likely would not have been infected had he taken the virus more seriously - a view that half of registered Republicans polled supported. Some 55% said they did not believe Trump had been telling the truth about the virus.

Trump's campaign vowed that Vice President Mike Pence, who would assume the presidency if Trump were unable to carry out his duties, would have an "aggressive" campaign schedule this week, as would Trump's three oldest children.

"We can't stay in our basement or shut down the economy indefinitely. We have to take it head-on," Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Pence, who tested negative on Friday, is scheduled to debate Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Wednesday.

Infected Trump greets supporters in motorcade outside hospital; his health unclear
 

Related Articles

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with other users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind:  

  •            Enrich the conversation, don’t trash it.

  •           Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed. 

  •           Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically. Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user. Racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination will not be tolerated.

  • Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases. Comments that are written in all caps and contain excessive use of symbols will be removed.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and comments containing links will be removed. Phone numbers, email addresses, links to personal or business websites, Skype/Telegram/WhatsApp etc. addresses (including links to groups) will also be removed; self-promotional material or business-related solicitations or PR (ie, contact me for signals/advice etc.), and/or any other comment that contains personal contact specifcs or advertising will be removed as well. In addition, any of the above-mentioned violations may result in suspension of your account.
  • Doxxing. We do not allow any sharing of private or personal contact or other information about any individual or organization. This will result in immediate suspension of the commentor and his or her account.
  • Don’t monopolize the conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also strongly believe in giving everyone a chance to air their point of view. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
Comments (65)
Steven Kemp
Steven Kemp Oct 05, 2020 8:42AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Image-1.jpg
Ng Zen ng
Ng Zen ng Oct 05, 2020 6:28AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Hardworking... sick yet still work.... should rest
Paul Ungureanu
Paul Ungureanu Oct 05, 2020 5:51AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
what would be world without Trump?! All your explanations are *******of Trump health...or if you don't have a logical explanations you say that's Covid fault 🤔
Lordlove Ndlovu
SomawebGlobe Oct 05, 2020 4:46AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Fight  Trump fight
mark johnson
mark johnson Oct 05, 2020 2:44AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
I think our brave soldiers are brave enough to face a flu virus that realisticly poses them no mortal danger (most in their 20-30yo age group) than to see their leader cower with a face mask because of a flu bug.
Show previous replies (1)
Space Lord
Space Lord Oct 05, 2020 2:44AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Plopseven Schwartz  fight like a brave don’t be a slave
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Oct 05, 2020 2:44AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
It's not the flu, it's covid... just saying genius...
Roocky Kimosabi
Roocky Kimosabi Oct 05, 2020 2:44AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
People dying! More 200k only in us. More then in Vietnam. You saying it's flu? Reckless.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Oct 05, 2020 2:44AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
mark johnson: You have no clue what you're talking about and you haven't apparently informed yourself of what the 'flu bug' is capable of or at least the COVID flue bug. Go to the fbook group called 'survivor corps' or 'covid survivor corps' and engage in the conversation. People there are living through months and months of all kinds of after effects that recur and scare the wits out of you including complete recurrence of the symptoms at any time. -- Trump's activity level will be erratic just from the virus alone and those effects will make his remaining years very miserable, stay tuned and watch what's going to happen. In retirement he will come out and openly regret how foolish he was to ignore what's been written all over the wall for a full 9 months. Wow, it takes Trump more than 9 months to acknowledge the truth. I'd say DUMP TRUMP and see how he acts on the way out of office.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Oct 05, 2020 2:44AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
mark johnson: You have no clue what you're talking about and you haven't apparently informed yourself of what the 'flu bug' is capable of or at least the COVID flue bug. Go to the fbook group called 'survivor corps' or 'covid survivor corps' and engage in the conversation. People there are living through months and months of all kinds of after effects that recur and scare the wits out of you including complete recurrence of the symptoms at any time. -- Trump will pay in pain and suffering from his unnecessary ignorance
Johnny Thunder
Johnny Thunder Oct 05, 2020 2:43AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
forget a vaccine.. itsnall about therapeutics right now.. we will get a vaccine in time hopefully.. but atleast there is something that can be taken now to fix the situation.
Phat Toan
Phat Toan Oct 05, 2020 1:07AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1312864232711520257?s=09
Yupy Lim
Yupy Lim Oct 05, 2020 12:55AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
he will continue haunt the world for next 4 years.. no worries..🤣🤣🤣
Amit Patel
Amit Patel Oct 05, 2020 12:44AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
200k+ deaths and y'all are still saying fake news even after the ratings hungry Trump got it. Twilight Covid-19 edition
Patron Silver
Patron Silver Oct 05, 2020 12:38AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
hes just NOW starting to learn about covid?? maybe im the one in crazy land
Adrian White
Adrian White Oct 05, 2020 12:38AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
There was no Covid "in Chinatown" at that time. It was in China she not yet a pandemic. Pelosi's point was to not discriminate against innocent Chinese Americans. Trump never put a real "ban" on flights from China. They continued to let people fly in (with the virus), then he did nothing for months while it went from 1 case to millions. He downplayed it and even mocked it as being "a Democrat hoax" and "real little flu". Meanwhile, the majority of cases entered the county from Europe which he was too late to stop flights from.
Peter Dikeakos
Peter Dikeakos Oct 05, 2020 12:32AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
AVERAGE LIFE SPAN IS 76. FAKE NEWS REPORTS SO AND SO DIES OF COVID19 AT 81....CONGRATS !!
jonas Örnhede
Jonsey Oct 05, 2020 12:30AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
https://mobile.twitter.com/cspan/status/1311134050644615168
Peter Dikeakos
Peter Dikeakos Oct 05, 2020 12:28AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
FAKE PRESIDENT...FAKE DISEASE.
Kathie ILL
Kass1212 Oct 05, 2020 12:28AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Guess this what people think who watch fake news...
tom paj
tom paj Oct 05, 2020 12:12AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Peak of the symptoms "cytokine storm" takes place on 7-8th day, we will talk next Friday-Sunday. For now, enjoy.... It is your gene casino...
perplexed76 .
perplexed76 . Oct 04, 2020 11:41PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
"I learned a lot about COVID" Half a year this guy was a main covid expert, today he has learnt a lot.
Adrian White
Adrian White Oct 04, 2020 11:41PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Half a year and almost 210,000 deaths later he finally starts to learn. Not exactly the 'genius' he claims to be.
Jo Va
Jo Va Oct 04, 2020 11:41PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
He learned nothing. Exposing secret service agents to the virus for a political show proves that.
king michael
king michael Oct 04, 2020 11:09PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
I am sure anyone include 74+ years old president can't recover from a normal flue in a few days. But the president already show normal from COVID in just a few days. This means COVID-19 is nothing more than a regular flu. The whole world has too over reacted to COVID.
Cos Delli
Cos Delli Oct 04, 2020 11:09PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
And the 200k+ people in the US that have died are overreacting?
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Oct 04, 2020 11:09PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
+200.000 people died from it smart boy...
Amit Patel
Amit Patel Oct 04, 2020 10:49PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Stay at the hospital fool!
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Oct 04, 2020 10:44PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
The absolute sickest stunt ever by a sitting president.
Parrish Henderson
Parrish Henderson Oct 04, 2020 10:44PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
To be inside the presidential limo and wave at prople behind glass when cleared by his doctors who are encouraging him to be active...yes simply horrible🙄
Adrian White
Adrian White Oct 04, 2020 10:44PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Parrish, none of the doctors are "encouraging him to be active". More like, against their better judgement, they didn't stop him (which the WH twisted to "gave permission"). Trump, always worried about his image, would have forced them to let him have his little drive-by, much the same way that he had those peaceful protestors tear-gassed so that he could pose in front of that church when he was embarrassed that the public found out he was hiding in the WH bunker.
Benjamin Ybarra
Benjamin Ybarra Oct 04, 2020 10:34PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
That WH spokesman has his own ticker...
in com
in com Oct 04, 2020 10:34PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
and making tractors;) oh Deere
Vinicyus Oliveira
Vinicyus Oliveira Oct 04, 2020 9:32PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
I just got to the conclusion that Donald Trump is the greatest human being of our life times. It feels like the world spins around him.
Izreel James
Izreel James Oct 04, 2020 9:32PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
As a deliberate co-creator who understands the law of attraction, the world really does spin around him.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Oct 04, 2020 9:32PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
NO! HE IS THE BIGGEST CONMAN OF OUR lifetimes and you have fallen for him just like his ex-smartypants lawyer Michael Cohen who character witnessed Trump (verbatim as) 'he is a racist, con and cheat'. In fact djt is showing all you guys how to cheat the government. How do you like THAT?
Kathie ILL
Kass1212 Oct 04, 2020 9:32PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
You would think he is God, since he is responsible for so much.
Adrian White
Adrian White Oct 04, 2020 9:32PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Izreel and Vinicyus, I think you meant "as a power-hungry narcissist, he THINKS the world spins around him."
Vincent Digrispino
Vincent Digrispino Oct 04, 2020 9:29PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
he was never syck, just another fyke lye
Ace Trumchura
Ace Trumchura Oct 04, 2020 9:07PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
My dream is the democrat voters will open their eyes. They are being lied to 100% of the which makes their world of lies a reality. Its heartbreaking. Sooner than later they will be shown the truth. Sound familiar?
weng yew Lee
weng yew Lee Oct 04, 2020 9:00PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
WHAT trump say ealier on? IT JUST A FLU AND IT WILL GO AWAY JUST LIKE THAT. thus, slap on his own face...lolzzzzzzzz
Frank Olivarez
Frank Olivarez Oct 04, 2020 8:59PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Who knew https://investing.com was also cnn.com
Jozef Drozd
Jozef Drozd Oct 04, 2020 8:56PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Mr. Trump should be tested for other viruses, then we would know if there is only covid19 or if there are others that cause the infection. Why are there only covid tests, but no other viruses? Maybe the huge covid19 sc am could be discovered, lol.
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email