President TrumpDonald John TrumpJaime Harrison Discusses Graham Behind The Doctors Plexiglass Shield, White House Staff Offers Mixed Messages About President Trump’s Health Gave Second Dose of Remdesivir ‘Uncomplicated’, ‘Not Out of Danger Yet,’ Conley Says MORE On Sunday he said he had “learned a lot”
“It was a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by actually going to school. This is the real school. This is not the school of ‘we read the books,'” Trump said in a video posted to Twitter. “And I understand, I understand, and it’s a very interesting thing, and I’ll let you know.”
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 4 October 2020
Trump has been widely criticized by Democrats for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which killed more than 209,000 people in the United States, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the highest number of fatalities reported by any country.
Critics of Trump have called him out for sometimes undermining public health guidance issued by his own administration, including holding large campaign rallies in person with no masks or social detachment requirements.
In Sunday’s video, the president also said he planned to greet supporters who had gathered outside Walter Reed Medical Center, where he is being treated for the coronavirus. Trump was taken to hospital on Friday after announcing that he and his wife tested positive for the virus.
Trump, in mask, was seen waving in the back seat as his motorcade passed in footage released moments after the video was released.
Patients who test positive for COVID-19, a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease, are generally required to quarantine for 14 days.
Since Trump announced his positive test, a growing number of Republican officials in his orbit have claimed to have tested positive for the coronavirus as well.