Tuesday, January 18

Trump leaves hospital and returns to the White House without a mask

– Trump had announced this Monday that he would leave the hospital where he had been admitted since Friday night due to coronavirus and, finally, this has been the case: at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Spanish peninsular time, the president of the United States has returned to the White House. Despite being an extremely contagious disease, the president removed his mask upon arrival at his official residence.

– “I will leave the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6.30pm feeling very well!” He had tweeted hours before. “Don’t be afraid of COVID. Don’t let it dominate your life. Under the Trump Administration we have developed great drugs and knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

– The president’s doctor, Sean Conley, had stated in a previous press conference that “although he is not out of the woods,” Trump can continue treatment at the White House with steroids. And that the president will continue to receive “first-rate medical care” 24 hours a day through the hospital resources that the White House has. The doctor has assured that the president has not taken fever-reducing medications for 72 hours and has refused to answer questions about the president’s current viral load.

– CNN journalist Dana Bash quotes a source close to the president’s calls from the hospital which ensures that the president said: “I need to get out of here.” The journalist says that the president has been warned by doctors that if he left the hospital hastily and suffered a setback, it would be bad not only for his health, but also for the re-election campaign. However, the president’s doctor, Sean Conley, had taken the president’s departure for granted. “We send patients with medications often. In fact, yesterday [en referencia al domingo] in the afternoon he probably met most of his discharge requirements. ”

– This Monday first thing in Washington, the president had published 18 consecutive tweets in capital letters and with campaign slogans. Most of them end with a “Vote!” “Second Amendment [derecho a la posesión de armas] Vote! “,” Fight false and corrupt media Vote! “,” Pro-life! Vote! “, Have been some of his proclamations launched from the hospital.

– The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, tested positive for coronavirus this Monday. McEnany was not wearing the mask during a meeting with journalists this Sunday. “No reporter, producer or member of the press is on the list of close contacts,” the secretary said in a statement. “I had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis [la primera persona del entorno de Trump en dar positivo] before holding a press conference Thursday at the White House. ”

– The White House medical team said Sunday that Donald Trump’s health “has continued to improve” since Saturday. The team confirmed that the president’s oxygen levels had dropped at a certain point and declined to answer questions about whether the president has suffered lung damage.

– On Sunday afternoon, Trump made a spontaneous appearance outside the hospital to greet a group of supporters gathered outside the medical center from inside a vehicle. Several doctors expressed concern about the other people who were in the armored car with the president, who was wearing a mask.

VIDEO | Trump leaves the hospital to greet his followers

– A doctor at the Walter Reed Medical Center, where the president was admitted, condemned Trump’s walk, calling it “madness.” James Phillips, full-time ER physician at Walter Reed, wrote on Twitter: “Every person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary presidential ride now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They could become ill and could die from political theater . Forced by Trump to put their lives in danger for the theater. This is insane. ” In a second tweet, Phillips added: “The irresponsibility is staggering.”

– Trump does not have any public events on the White House agenda for this Monday. “The president does not have public events scheduled,” the official document says.

NBC has reported Melania Trump will not leave her residence to visit her husband because it would endanger the agents and staff. A member of the White House has indicated to the chain that Melania will not leave the White House because “that would expose the agents who took her there and the medical personnel who accompanied her to him.”

– A Reuters / Ipsos poll indicates that the majority of Americans (65%) believe that Trump would not have caught it if he had taken the virus more seriously. Another poll shows Joe Biden’s biggest lead over Trump in a month. The poll, taken on Friday and Saturday, gives Biden a 10-point lead.

– Joe Biden tests negative again. Biden’s second test since it became public that Donald Trump had contracted COVID-19 was negative. The Democrat’s campaign said Sunday night that it would release the results of all coronavirus tests it undergoes in the future.

– He The Wall Street Journal Reports Trump Tested Positive For COVID-19 Rapid Test On Thursday And Did Not Reveal It. Trump told Fox News that night that he was awaiting the test results and later tweeted that he had the virus.

– New Jersey state sanitarians have contacted more than 200 people who attended a fundraising event for the president’s campaign held at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster. The event took place on Thursday, hours before the president announced that he had COVID-19. Meanwhile, Somerset County workers are trying to contact the people who worked at the event, most of whom live in the county.

– The Government refuses to disclose the number of infected White House workers. Asked by journalists, Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, refused to commit to making this figure public.

– A Washington Post information contends that Sean Conley, the White House physician, told co-workers in the spring that he was experiencing intense personal stress at his current job, before the president contracted COVID-19. Conley, a 40-year-old Navy commander, joined the White House medical staff in December 2016 after serving as a Navy emergency medic and serving in a trauma unit in Afghanistan. The American newspaper reports that those who have worked with Conley believe that the public statements he has made appear to be dictated by politicians. “Every statement he makes seems to be political, dictated by the White House or the president,” says an anonymous source who has worked with the doctor.

– The White House on Sunday sent its first email to all staff since the president’s diagnosis advising whether to go to work or stay home.

– The White House had published a photograph of Trump inside Walter Reed Hospital, allegedly participating in a teleconference with the vice president, the secretary of state and the chief of the Defense Staff. The caption also indicates that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was physically present in the room with Trump despite CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines that individuals who have COVID-19 should “stay at home and away from other people.”

– Mary Trump, the president’s niece, has affirmed that the United States is “in the horrible place it is” because members of her family, including the president, see the disease as “a show of unforgivable weakness”, whether in themselves or others. Speaking on NPR’s Fresh Air program, Mary Trump, who recently published the book ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man’ [Demasiado y nunca suficiente: cómo mi familia creó al hombre más peligroso del mundo]He said, “That’s why we are in the horrible place that we are, because you cannot admit the weakness of being sick or that other people are sick.