U.S. President Donald Trump waves to supporters during a brief ride in the presidential motorcade in front of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is being treated for a coronavirus infection in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 4, 2020.
U.S. President Donald Trump took a short car ride in the back of his armored SUV Sunday to wave at supporters gathered outside the hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19.
Shortly before, he tweeted a video of himself saying he was going to "pay a little surprise to some of the great patriots out on the street" and he addressed his illness.
[Clip: Trump: 00:16]
"It's been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn't the let's read the book school. And I get it. I understand it. And it's a very interesting thing. I'm gonna be letting you know about it."
The BBC's David Willis says Trump's surprise drive-by, at a time when he's still infectious, has raised questions.
He had a cloth mask over his face.
The Secret Service agents were wearing N95 respirators and then Mr. Trump waved to the crowd.
A point has been made by an attending physician at Walter Reed, Dr. James Phillips, that the presidential SUV is hermetically sealed against the possibility of a chemical attack and thus the risk of COVID-19 infection within it is as high as it gets.
And he said the irresponsibility of this, as far as the Secret Service agents were concerned, is astonishing.
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