The US president paid his supporters a surprise visit to the front of the hospital – despite his Covid illness. Donald Trump waved to his fans from a black car.
US President Donald Trump, infected with the coronavirus, left the hospital for several minutes to greet his supporters outside the clinic. Trump waved from a black SUV to his fans in Bethesda, north of Washington, on Sunday, as can be seen on videos. Trump was in the car with at least two people wearing a mask.
In a pre-recorded video message later posted on Trump’s Twitter profile, the president said, “I’m going to make a little surprise visit.” He praised the “great patriots” outside the hospital. He learned a lot about the virus. “This is the real school,” he said, referring to his illness. It’s different from reading about it. “I understand, and it’s something very interesting, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, we love the US and we love what’s happening,” Trump said – without clarifying what he meant by that.
Trump’s corona infection was announced on the US East Coast shortly after midnight on Friday. It can be assumed that it can still be contagious.
There was initially no official information on how to keep the people in Trump’s car from becoming infected during the short drive. The passenger in the car appeared to be wearing a plastic visor over his face, a gas mask and a medical suit. Trump returned to the president’s wing at Walter Reed Military Hospital shortly after the ride, White House spokesman Judd Deere said.