'You’re going to beat it': Trump says not to be afraid of COVID-19 after return from hospital

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President Trump returned to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and told the public that it should not be afraid of the coronavirus.

Trump posted two videos after he returned from the hospital. The first is a dramatic video showing Marine One landing on the White House lawn. The clip featured cinematic music and showed the president walking up the stairs at the White House and saluting the presidential helicopter as it departed.

The second video features Trump, abutted by two American flags, speaking into the camera about his return to the White House. The National Monument can be seen in the background.

“I just left Walter Reed Medical Center, and it’s really something very special, the doctors, the nurses, the first responders — and I learned so much about coronavirus, and one thing that’s for certain, don’t let it dominate you,” Trump said.

“Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment, we have the best medicines, all developed recently,” he added.

President Donald Trump walks out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to return to the White House after receiving treatments for covid-19, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Bethesda, Md.

(Evan Vucci/AP)

More than 210,000 people in the United States have died with illnesses associated with the coronavirus, which has also infected nearly 7.5 million people across the country since the pandemic began. While at Walter Reed, Trump was treated with an experimental polyclonal antibody cocktail in addition to being given the antiviral drug remdesivir, vitamin D, zinc, famotidine, daily aspirin, and melatonin.

During his brief Monday evening speech, Trump echoed remarks he made earlier where he said he felt better today than when he was 20 years younger. He also defended his actions leading up to the cluster of COVID-19 cases within his orbit. Just days before he and others became infected, he held a large gathering at the White House to announce his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Some attendees were not wearing masks during the event and were seen shaking hands.

“I stood out front, I led. Nobody that’s a leader would not do what I did, and I know that there’s a risk, that there’s a danger, but that’s OK. And now, I’m better and maybe I’m immune, I don’t know,” he said. “But don’t let it dominate your lives, get out there, be careful, we have the best medicines in the world.”

The president also said that the vaccines are coming “momentarily” and once again thanked the workers who treated him at Walter Reed.

Trump’s move back to the White House from Walter Reed has been panned by some on the Left, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said Trump shouldn’t be politicizing his COVID-19 recovery.

“He should not be dealing with it politically to make it look like he overcame the virus because he’s had such good policies. Because, in fact, he has been very destructive and dangerous to the country,” the California Democrat said.

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