Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP lawmaker calls on Pelosi to apologize for response to Trump contracting coronavirus Pelosi: ‘We’re making progress’ on coronavirus relief bill What President Trump’s positive COVID test could mean for the markets MORE (D-Calif.) suggested Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpQuestions remain unanswered as White House casts upbeat outlook on Trump’s COVID-19 fight White House staffers get email saying to stay home if they experience coronavirus symptoms White House says ‘appropriate precautions’ were taken for Trump’s outing to see supporters MORE‘s plan to return quickly to the White House was motivated by politics, not health and science, warning that the decision will set a dangerous example to a country still reeling under the weight of the coronavirus.
“The president could be going back to the White House and become a long-hauler, someone who has consequences from this virus,” she said in an interview with MSNBC. “He should not be dealing with it politically to make it look like he overcame the virus because he’s had such good policies. … In fact, he has been very destructive and dangerous to the country.”
Trump on Friday was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., less than 24 hours after he announced that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpGOP lawmaker calls on Pelosi to apologize for response to Trump contracting coronavirus White House gave New Jersey officials list of 206 people at Trump’s Thursday fundraiser events Photo of Mark Meadows rubbing his head during update on Trump’s health goes viral MORE tested positive for COVID-19.
On Sunday, after initially refusing to answer pointed questions about the president’s symptoms, White House physician Sean Conley revealed that Trump’s condition had deteriorated to the point that he was given supplemental oxygen as well as the steroid dexamethasone, which has been used largely to treat severe cases of COVID-19.
Appearing at Walter Reed on Monday just moments after Pelosi spoke, Conley said Trump was clear to leave the facility and return to the White House. The president had not experienced a fever in 72 hours, Conley said, and his oxygen levels “are all normal.”
“Though he may not entirely be out of the woods yet, the team and I agree that all our evaluations, and most importantly his clinical status, support the president’s safe return home, where he’ll be surrounded by world-class medical care 24/7,” he said.
Conley has come under heavy scrutiny from the medical community for what some consider an overly rosy depiction of Trump’s condition and recuperation. Pelosi on Monday piled on, suggesting the president’s medical team is taking marching orders from Trump rather than delivering sound evaluations.
“I hope that we could trust them, but what is disconcerting is that we know that the president’s physicians present a report that must be approved by the president,” she said. “That’s not scientific. That is not what the public is owed about the state of health of the president of the United States.”