Melania Trump Won’t Leave White House To Visit President In The Hospital, Citing CDC Guidelines
Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital Sunday for a drive-by rally of his fans, who are gathered outside with signs and displays of support. Meanwhile, citing CDC guidelines, Melania Trump will remain in the White House in quarantine.
While Trump was transferred to the hospital, Melania, reportedly with milder symptoms, remained in the White House to ride out her COVID-19 quarantine. In a note, she told the public that she won’t be visiting him while he’s there, either — because she doesn’t want to expose others who would in contact in the process.
NBC White House Correspondent Peter Alexander shared the information Sunday after Donald Trump’s brief drive through a crowd, sealed into a vehicle with a driver and Secret Service protection.
🚨Reminder: A White House official, on Saturday, told me the First Lady would not be visiting Trump at Walter Reed because “she has COVID and that would expose the agents who would drive her there.” https://t.co/DNpV7oPwWG
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) October 5, 2020
It’s certainly consistent with CDC guidelines for a patient infected with COVID-19 to avoid unnecessary travel and remain isolated. It’s also thoughtful and appropriate to avoid infecting others as much as possible.
Still, a lot of members of the public had other views on why Melania — whose feelings about her husband have been a constant subject of speculation — might be glad she can’t make the trip.
Naa Melania just glad she’s getting a break from him.
— Laura (@Laura22594338) October 5, 2020
Uh no, Melania doesn't care about Donald. That's why she won't visit him at the hospital.
— Candid (@MatterOfFactRN) October 5, 2020
More like Melania won’t go visit her husband. Period.
I don’t like her, but I don’t blame her.
— Kendrick Lau (@KendrickLau2) October 5, 2020
Oh the irony that Melania won't visit hubby so as not expose the Secret Service agents, yet Donny doesn't care if he does the same.
Side note… She apparently cares more about SS agents than children in cages and Xmas decorations.
— Theater of the absurd (@RetireB4IDie) October 5, 2020
Melania herself issued a public statement on Twitter Monday morning, expressing appreciation for prayers for her family, and saying she is praying for others who are suffering from, or have a family member suffering from, the virus. She also reiterated that she will not be leaving the White House for the duration of her illness.
My family is grateful for all of the prayers & support! I am feeling good & will continue to rest at home. Thank you to medical staff & caretakers everywhere, & my continued prayers for those who are ill or have a family member impacted by the virus.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 5, 2020
Donald Trump’s medical team will reportedly make a decision, in conjunction with the president, about whether he can leave the hospital later today to return to the White House.