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Trump Leaves Hospital, Returns to the White House

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he departs Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., October 5, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump was discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center Monday evening, after receiving treatment for COVID-19.

Trump walked out of the hospital to an SUV and was driven to Marine One, which he boarded for the flight to the White House. Physicians will continue to treat the president while he recovers.

Trump did not take questions from reporters before returning to the White House.

Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, said at a press conference earlier on Monday that Trump was ready to be discharged from the hospital.

“Over the past twenty-four hours, the president has continued to improve,” Conley told reporters. “He’s met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria. He’ll receive another dose of Remdesivir here today, and then we plan to get him home.” Conley cautioned that although the president was “not out of the woods yet,” he has not had a fever for the past 72 hours and his blood oxygen levels are normal.

The president said he was doing well at this stage in the illness.

“Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

Trump was flown to Walter Reed on Friday after physicians administered supplemental oxygen. White House chief-of-staff Mark Meadows confirmed on Saturday that officials were concerned about Trump’s health, but that his condition had improved after arriving at the hospital.

A number of officials in the president’s inner circle have tested positive for coronavirus over the past several days. Most recently on Monday morning, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany revealed she had contracted the illness and would continue to work from quarantine.

Senators Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), Mike Lee (R., Utah), and Thom Tillis (R., N.C.) have all tested positive, as well as former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, White House senior aide Hope Hicks, and former adviser Kellyanne Conway. Some of the officials who contracted coronavirus sat together in close proximity during the announcement of Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is also a violist, and has served in the Israeli Defense Forces.


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