Medical experts have questioned Donald Trump’s decision to greet his supporters on a car ride outside the hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19.
And there are concerns that the US President, who was wearing a muzzle, may have endangered Secret Service personnel inside the car.
But White House spokesman Judd Deere said Sunday’s flight “has been recognized as safe by the medical team.”
Questions remain about the severity of Trump’s illness after the release of conflicting data over the weekend.
The president went to the hospital on Friday, after announcing hours earlier that he had been infected with the virus.
Covid-19 disease has infected more than 7.4 million people, and killed more than 200,000 people across the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University.
What did the president do?
Trump waved supporters from behind the windows of a closed car, after he tweeted that he would leave Walter Reed Hospital near Washington on a “surprise visit” for “patriots” outside the hospital.
Experts say that the president’s short car ride violated public health rules for quarantine during the treatment period for the virus, and it may have exposed Secret Service agents inside the car to the risk of infection.
Dr. James Phillips, a doctor at the hospital where the president is being treated, said in a tweet on Twitter that those in the president’s car were at risk of contracting the disease and would need to be quarantined for 14 days.
Democrats also criticized the tour. “We need leadership,” said Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the House of Representatives, on Twitter.
But White House spokesman Judd Deere defended the move, saying, “Appropriate precautions have been taken, including personal protective equipment, to undertake this tour to protect the president and everyone who supports it.”
What did we learn at the end of the week?
Over the weekend, the president’s condition was found to be more serious than previously reported when he went to the hospital on Friday evening.
The White House said that Trump was suffering from “mild symptoms” of Covid-19 disease, but it was confirmed over the weekend that he had received extra oxygen after his blood oxygen level decreased twice in two days.
The experts said he was also given the steroid drug dexamethasone, a drug usually reserved for serious cases.
And there are doubts about the possibility that doctors raised earlier, which is Trump leaving the hospital on Monday, earlier than expected.
The 74-year-old president, who is among the obese people, is classified as the most at risk group for Covid-19 disease. Friday, he was given a trial injection, which is a group of drugs, and he also started a five-day course of treatment with the anti-viral drug Remdisfer.