A top adviser to President Donald Trump, defending his return to the White House in a made-for-tv moment Monday night, said Tuesday it’s “highly important” he is seen “projecting an image of strength” and that Americans could expect to hear from him at some point a day after he left the hospital still infected and undergoing treatment.
To drive the point home, he tweeted Tuesday morning, “FEELING GREAT!” in all capital letters, continuing to downplay the danger by again falsely comparing the coronavirus to nothing worse than the flu.
He was said to be considering an address to the nation but that no decisions had been made.
Tuesday’s developments follow his dramatic exit out the golden front doors of Walter Reed Medical Center, the masked president walked down the tiered steps of the hospital to his awaiting motorcade. After flying over Washington in a ten-minute helicopter that coincided with the national evening newscasts, the president emerged from Marine One and climbed the steps to the South Portico, determined to show he had beaten the virus.
In an unmistakable message, the still-contagious president then removed his mask as he paused there for two minutes and gazed into the distance and saluted as Marine One lifted off, posing for the cameras.
His mask still off, the president then turned to walk inside the Blue Room of the White House, where people could be seen inside.
The president then taped a video message that was later posted to his Twitter account along with a promotional video, set to dramatic music, of his return.
“I learned so much about coronavirus. And one thing that’s for certain: Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it,” Trump said into the camera.
“Don’t let it dominate. Don’t let it take over your lives. Don’t let that happen,” Trump said.