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President Trump Returns to White House After Weekend Stay at Walter Reed

President Trump was discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center late Monday afternoon after spending the weekend receiving treatment for COVID-19, NBC News reported.  The President was admitted to the hospital on Friday after a positive test for the coronavirus.

The President tweeted an upbeat message to the American public just before his discharge from the hospital.  “I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M,” Trump tweeted. “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!”

The President will continue to be treated for the virus at the White House CNBC reported.  Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician, said that Trump “has not been on any fever-reducing medications for over 72 hours,” and will continue to receive “world class medical care” while back at work in the White House.

Dr. Conley said that “The president may not entirely be out of the woods yet,” but stressed that “We try to get patients out of the hospital as quickly as possible. There is nothing being done here that we can’t safely do at home.”  

Referring to the relatively new nature of COVID-19 and treatments for it, Dr. Conley said, “We all remain cautiously optimistic and on guard because we’re in a bit of uncharted territory when it comes to a patient who received the therapies he has.”

Dr. Conley declined to provide more specific details on the President’s medical condition.  “There are HIPAA rules and regulations that restrict me in sharing certain things, for his safety and his own health and reasons,” the doctor explained.

On Sunday, the President drove by a large group of well-wishers gathered outside Walter Reed.  Monday afternoon Trump defended his decision to do so, tweeting “It is reported that the Media is upset because I got into a secure vehicle to say thank you to the many fans and supporters who were standing outside of the hospital for many hours, and even days, to pay their respect to their President. If I didn’t do it, Media would say RUDE!!!”

First Lady Melania Trump is also recovering from COVID-19.  She gave an update on her condition on Monday, tweeting “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.”

The President has been treated with dexamethasone, a steroid, as well as a five-day course of remdesivir.

Trump has made an amazing recovery from the coronavirus, spending only the weekend in the hospital.  Even while hospitalized, Trump continued his work and was regularly briefed on current events. He is vowing to return to normal activities as soon as possible, tweeting “Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!! The Fake News only shows the Fake Polls.”

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