President Donald Trump made a surprise departure from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday evening, during which he was shown driving by cheering crowds of supporters.
CNN footage of the scene just outside the medical center grounds shows Trump seated in the back of a black car, wearing a mask and a suit, waving to supporters.
—Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) October 4, 2020
Dr. James P. Phillips, MD, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University and an attending physician at Walter Reed, balked at Trump’s sitting in close quarters in the presidential SUV while infected with coronavirus.
“That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack,” Phillips wrote on Twitter. “The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.”