Back at the White House, Donald Trump calls on Americans to “get out” of their homes

US President Donald Trump greets at the Truman Balcony at the White House on October 5 upon his return from hospital.

After a three-day hospitalization, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, was able to leave the Walter-Reed military hospital, near Washington. Fresh out of hospital but still infected with the new coronavirus, he called Americans on Monday evening, October 5 to ” go out “ from home while being “Cautious”, despite the more than 200,000 deaths from the pandemic in the country.

Shortly after his return to the White House, the Republican billionaire, who also announced in the evening that he would take over ” soon “ the presidential campaign, posted a video message on Twitter.

“Do not be afraid of it, you will beat it”, said the US president about Covid-19, before adding “Get out, be careful”. “Don’t let him control your lives”, he also asked Americans in this video.

Regarding his own hospitalization, the Republican President, who said he possibly “Immune”, has explained : “I was on the front line, I led (…) I know there is a risk”. ” I did not feel well “, before hospitalization, he also admitted, assuring, however, that he could have left the hospital ” two days ago “. “We have the best drugs in the world, everything is happening very quickly, they are all in the process of being approved and the vaccines are going to be coming anytime soon”, he concluded.

“Not out of the woods”

During a press briefing on Monday, October 5, White House doctor Sean Conley announced that his patient was “Not yet completely out of the woods”, but that he could return to the White House, where he will continue to be treated. “He will benefit from world-class medical care 24 hours a day”, he added. He clarified that the medical team, “Cautiously optimistic”, would not be fully relieved for a week, if the patient’s health did not deteriorate again by then.

A few minutes before this speech, the President of the United States himself announced on Twitter that he would leave the hospital at 6.30 p.m. (local time, 12.30 a.m. in France):

“I will be leaving the wonderful Walter-Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 pm. Feel really good! Don’t be afraid of the Covid. Don’t let him rule your life. We have developed some really great medicine and knowledge under the Trump administration. I feel better than 20 years ago! “

The President of the United States, 74, has been hospitalized since Friday evening after testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday evening, according to the White House. With his brief outing on Sunday to greet supporters from his car in front of the hospital, Mr. Trump had shown his impatience to resume his campaign, with less than a month to go before the November 3 presidential election, which pits him against Democrat Joe Biden. Tested positive only a few days ago, Donald Trump should however remain in isolation for some time, even after his release from hospital. Asked about the possibility for the president to travel, his doctor replied on Monday: ” We will see. “

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Sean Conley ended up admitting on Sunday that his patient’s initial condition had been more serious than what had been officially stated at first, reinforcing the impression of a lack of transparency, or even real concern at most strong disease.

Doing an about-face compared to his press briefing on Saturday, the doctor confirmed that Donald Trump did need oxygen on Friday, for about an hour, at the White House, an episode deemed sufficiently disturbing to decide to hospitalize him the same evening.

He also announced another episode of declining oxygen saturation that occurred on Saturday morning. And, also on Saturday, 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 he did not reveal this incident the day before to project an image “Optimistic”.

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White House spokeswoman tested positive

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany at a press conference in Washington on October 4.

After the president, his wife, Melania, his close advisor Hope Hicks and several other members of his team, Kayleigh McEnany, the spokeswoman for the White House, in turn announced that she had tested positive.

“I tested positive Monday for Covid-19, without feeling any symptoms”, she tweeted, specifying to immediately quarantine. On several occasions in recent days, she has briefed journalists at the White House without wearing a mask.

This announcement, after three days of cacophonous communication on the state of health of the President of the United States, further strengthens the image of a White House that has not taken the full measure of the epidemic.

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The World with AFP


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