US President Donald Trump staged a dramatic return to the White House after leaving the military hospital where he was receiving treatment for COVID-19.
He immediately ignited a new controversy by declaring that despite his illness the nation should not fear the virus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans — and then he entered the White House without a protective mask. Before that, he had tweeeted:
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
After a flight over Washington, Trump landed on the South Lawn and proceeded to the first-floor balcony, where aides had positioned a row of American flags.