Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden advised President Donald Trump on Monday to listen to the scientists and support mask wearing “now that he’s busy tweeting campaign messages.”
Biden was reacting to mixed messages from Trump after the President tried to downplay coronavirus in a tweet on Monday and announced that he would be leaving the Walter Reed National Military Center on Monday evening.
Trump urged Americans not to be afraid of the coronavirus, adding that they should not let it “dominate” their lives, even though more than 210,000 Americans have died from the virus and more than 7.3 million people have contracted the deadly bug.
Most Americans do not have the same care Trump has, or their government helicopter to transport them from their house to the hospital as Trump was, and Biden urged the President to use his diagnosis to embrace the measures recommended by scientists to curb the spread of the virus.
“My prayers continue to be with the President and the First Lady for their health and safety.
“As like so many Americans are dealing with COVID-19, I was glad to see the President tweeting and recording videos over the weekend.
“Now that he’s busy tweeting campaign messages, I would like him to do this: Listen to the scientists, support masks, support a mask mandate nationwide, require masks in every federal building and facility and inner state travel,” Biden said while speaking from Miami.
Biden asked Trump to require other governments to embrace the same measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Trump’s physician Sean Conley said at a briefing on Monday that the President was not out of the woods yet but would be discharged to the White House where he would be surrounded by world class doctors.
Dr. Conley said if President Trump can get through next Monday without his condition worsening, then he would be in a good place.
Addressing journalists at the Walter Reed National Military Hospital in Bethesda, the President’s team of doctors said Trump remains on Redemsivir drug and would receive one dose today and another final dose at the White House on Tuesday.
President Trump himself tweeted on Monday that he’s ‘feeling really good’ and would be leaving the military hospital where he’s being treated for coronavirus at 6.30 p.m. today.
Trump also downplayed COVID-19 again, a respiratory disease that has killed more than 210,000 people in the United States and infected more than 7.3 million Americans.
He urged Americans not to “be afraid of Covid.” “Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge,” he said.
“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!” he wrote.
Health experts warned that Trump was not out of the woods yet even with his VIP treatment, as it takes days for some patients infected with coronavirus to take a turn for the worse.
TV commentators described Trump’s tweet as reckless and an an insult to hundreds of thousands of Americans who have died from the disease, and those who have contracted the virus and are still suffering from long terms effects of the virus.
In another tweet, the President responded to critics who said it was reckless for him to go out on Sunday for a photo op with his supporters who gathered at the Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, outside Washington DC.
“It is reported that the Media is upset because I got into a secure vehicle to say thank you to the many fans and supporters who were standing outside of the hospital for many hours, and even days, to pay their respect to their President. If I didn’t do it, Media would say RUDE!!!” he wrote.