US President Donald Trump has made a theatrical return to the White House, just three days after he was admitted to the Walter Reed Military Hospital after his COVID-19 diagnosis was confirmed positive.
In an extremely ignorant act for a Head of State of the world’s most powerful nation, Trump opened the face mask, while still contagious, to pose for pictures from the White House balcony.
The American president clearly appeared to pose a facade of a medically invincible man with the virus that has so far killed 1.5 million people, standing no chance in front of his galore.
He stood on a balcony, pulled the mask, smiled, and waved hands at the reporter, while apparently showing signs of heavy breathing having climbed the stairs to the balcony.
A doctor who analyzed the video told Mirror UK that the president did not look fine. “If you look at the video from the balcony of the White House he is clearly in some distress with his breathing. That is not a man who is better,” Dr. Zoe Norris told the BBC in a television show.
The doctor pointed out how Trump’s gestures clearly showed he was trying to keep his shoulders square and not go down while keeping stiffing his neck.
“You can see at one moment he opens his mouth to take a gasp to try and keep those lungs a little bit fuller than normal, so it’s very clear from a medical point of view,” the doctor pointed out.
There have been speculations over Trump’s actual health condition against what he has been trying to show.
The BBC noted, after his return, Trump made statements with almost messianic undertones. He’s an out-front leader and hence he contacted the virus, he said. “As your leader, I had to do that. I knew there’s a danger to it, but I had to do it. I stood out front, and led,” he said.
“Don’t let it dominate you,” he told in a video address, stressing, after his White House Return. “Don’t be afraid of it.”
Soon after Trump’s COVID-19 positive report, the world reacted multifariously, which can be said was a mix of sympathy, ridicule, and ill wishes. Global leaders, including immediate political opponent Joe Biden, wished him a speedy recovery.
Trump, 74, obese, and with a heart condition reportedly received a cocktail of medication, usually reserved for the sickest with the virus, for weeks, not days. The President falls in the high-risk category because of his age, health, and the nature of the disease.
Before leaving the hospital, just three days after admission, the President made almost miraculous statements about his health. He said he has not felt this healthy in the past 20-years, what he was feeling before yesterday’s theatrical return.
“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!” he Tweeted.
After his return, following a couple of hours, Trump posted a video of his arrival, with dramatic effects and stirring music, marking his return.
Trump has, every since his COVID-19 diagnosis tried to wear a facade of a very healthy and strong man, for whom a virus is not a threat. He has repeatedly championed against scientific protocols to save lives and prevent more infections.
Time and again the President has campaigned against wearing a face mask and went on the rallies and public events without paying heed to public health protocols like maintaining social distancing.
Critics blame the Trump Administrations’s efforts as failed for the cause of the unprecedented number of deaths and infections in America as compared to the rest of the world — the polar opposite of what Trump claims.
Meanwhile, White House physician Sean Conley said Trump may not be entirely out of the woods yet but said the President’s medical returns and progress: “support his safe return home, where he’ll be surrounded by world-class medical care 24/7”.
Almost 13 White House members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far, including First Lady Melania Trump.
The US currently has 7.4 million cases, by far more than anywhere else in the world, with over 200,000 deaths. Trump’s November 3rd election campaigns were paused after he was confirmed COVID-19 positive last Thursday.