Donald Trump Says He’s Leaving Hospital; Sources Say He’s Been Warned It’s A Bad Idea
Donald Trump has announced that he will be leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, but sources close to him say he’s been warned that it could prove a bad decision both for his health and his campaign.
The president tweeted from his suite Monday to say that he would be leaving the hospital at 6:30pm. His medical team had stated on Sunday that he might be discharged on Monday to continue his care in the medical unit, so his announcement was not outside expectations set by that conference.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
However, there had been much speculation about Trump’s condition, because of the steroid his doctors say he’s getting, which studies this year showed was somewhat effective for very sick COVID-patients, but not so much for patients with milder cases.
Now CNN‘s Dana Bash says that sources close to the president and say that he’s been insisting he has to leave the hospital, but that he’s been warned that if he leaves too soon, he could suffer a setback. He’s been told, she reports, that this wouldn’t only endanger his health, but could harm his campaign.
Still, the president tweeted, declaring that COVID-19 is nothing to fear, and that he feels better than he did 20 years ago. The steroid Trump is being treated with is known to have mania and psychosis — but also euphoria and a sense of well-being — as possible side effects.
Meanwhile, White House staffers continue to test positive, including Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, as well as members of the White House press pool.