Trump shakes off Covid with 15-tweet blast attacking enemies after 'telling aides he is bored and fed up in hospital'
DONALD Trump has issued a 15-tweet blast after "telling aides he's bored in the hospital" following his Covid-19 diagnosis.
On Monday, Trump, 74, issued several Twitter statements from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland encouraging his supporters to vote for him.
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The president confirmed that he and First Lady Melania Trump had coronavirus last week but reports indicate that he's was tired of being in the hospital.
Trump said electing him would bring about stock market "highs;" the "strongest ever" military; law and order; religious liberty; two large tax cuts; the best Veterans Association; and Space Force, the space warfare service branch of the US Army.
He urged people to vote for him if they were pro-life and claimed his administration would bring about "better and cheaper healthcare," as well as fighting the "corrupt fake news media."
Trump also tweeted that his election would save the Second Amendment and bring home American troops.
The news comes as Trump reportedly told aides he wanted to go back to the White House as doctors consider releasing him as soon as today.
The Washington Post reported that those closest to the infected consider this a "political decision" as the election looms.
But they're afraid this could backfire if his mild symptoms increase and he's forced to go back to the Maryland facility.
But by Sunday, Trump was demanding to go back to the White House and "is done with the hospital," according to one CNN source.
Another insider told the station that he's concerned that being seen in a medical facility "makes him look weak."
Two insiders told The New York Times he's been "hankering" to be discharged and is "exasperated" by the TV coverage of his Covid battle, as well as speculation that he'll have to hand over the reigns to Vice President Mike Pence.
Other aides fear Trump is misleading his doctors to be discharged early today – and getting people's hopes up about it may work against him.
On Sunday, his medical team told reporters that he "continued to improve" two days after being airlifted from the White House to Walter Reed.
On Saturday, his physician Sean Conley revealed that Trump was given oxygen after a "rapid progression" of his illness, a condition often results in shortness of breath in coronavirus patients.
In a video on Sunday, Trump said he "learned a lot about Covid" by "really going to school" during his virus battle – he then left the center and waved to supporters from a bulletproof car.
"Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential 'drive-by' just now has to be quarantined for 14 days," tweeted James Phillips, chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University.
"They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity."
But White House spokesman Judd Deere said "appropriate" precautions had been taken and "the movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do."
Zeke Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, said it was a "shameful" move, however.
"Making his Secret Service agents drive with a Covid-19 patient, with windows up no less, put them needlessly at risk for infection. And for what? A PR stunt," he raged.
Although Pence, Trump's rival Joe Biden, and their spouses all tested negative for the virus, public health experts are concerned about the "White House cluster" linked to Trump's Supreme Court nomination celebration in the Rose Garden two weekends ago.
On Saturday, the president began a five-day course of intravenous antiviral drug remdesivir, which is sold by Gilead Sciences; he's also been given dexamethasone, a steroid used to treat inflammation in other diseases.
Trump's campaign manager Jason Miller told ABC News on Sunday that he was "cracking jokes" and "sounded pretty good."
"I did have the opportunity to speak with the president for about a half hour yesterday, both myself and Bill Stepien, our campaign manager," Miller said.
"He said he was doing very well. He was getting back on his feet, and cracking jokes and asking questions about the campaign and grilling us about when we're going to have new TV ads to show him. So, he's feeling good."
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