So he’s in the middle of being treated for Covid-19, probably infectious, probably on a regime of drugs. So what does he do? He goes for a ride in the car-car so he can show his slavering minions that he can still wave.
The White House continued to provide limited and contradictory information about President Trump’s health on Sunday, saying that he had begun a steroid treatment after twice suffering bouts of low oxygen but also contending that he was doing well and could soon be discharged from the hospital where he is being treated for the novel coronavirus.
Adding to the confusion about his status, Trump briefly left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda to wave to supporters from a motorcade, after releasing a video on Twitter thanking people who had gathered outside the facility.
“We’re getting great reports from the doctors,” Trump said in the video before promising a “little surprise” to his supporters. “It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about covid.”
At a news conference earlier Sunday, Trump’s medical team tried to clear up the muddled picture it had created the previous day when White House doctor Sean Conley falsely suggested that Trump had not been given supplemental oxygen.
Meanwhile, his doctors are deliberately lying to the press so that the patient watching the news conference on TV isn’t upset with him telling the truth.
But Conley continued to avoid directly answering specific questions about Trump’s health Sunday, even as he revealed that the president had been given dexamethasone, a steroid that is typically reserved for severely ill coronavirus patients needing oxygen. Conley openly admitted to withholding truthful information about Trump’s plummeting blood-oxygen levels Friday, indicating he did so to put a positive spin on the president’s improving condition.
“I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president, that his course of illness, has had,” Conley said Sunday, explaining why he told reporters Saturday that Trump had not been given oxygen Friday. “I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction. And in doing so, you know, it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true.”
Not only are they actively lying about his condition, but this sort of stunt endangers the people who are sworn to protect him by driving around with him in a hermetically sealed SUV.
I don’t know if the AMA has any code of ethics about how their members are supposed to speak to the press, but it harks back to the time a hundred years ago when it was reported that President Woodrow Wilson had a “digestive upset” when in fact he’d suffered a major stroke in 1919 and was basically incapacitated for the remainder of his term.
It scares the crap out of a lot of people that the White House and his doctors aren’t more forthcoming about his condition. It’s not the same as having a stroke or even cancer (vide the cover-up for President Grover Cleveland’s cancer surgery on a boat and telling the world he had a tooth extraction). This is a contagious disease that has killed over 210,000 Americans, isolated people from their families, cratered the economy world-wide, and now spreading among the people who were with him at the Rose Garden ceremony last week. They have a duty to be as honest and forthcoming as possible, so as not to surprise the rest of us if his next trip outside Walter Reed is in the back of a black station wagon.