BETHESDA, Md. (WJZ) — President Donald Trump returned to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Monday, just days after his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Just after 6:30 p.m., the president walked out of Walter Reed and boarded Marine One for the short helicopter trip back to Washington, D.C. Once he arrived, he walked up to a White House balcony and removed his mask for a photo opportunity.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 05: U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after returning to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 05, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump returned to the White House three days after being hospitalized for coronavirus. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

As the helicopter took off, supporters holding signs and flags cheered as President Trump flew overhead.

Shortly after returning to the White House, Trump tweeted a video saying while he didn’t feel well when he went to the hospital, he felt much better after arriving, adding he “could have left two days ago.”

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The president also told people not to let the pandemic take over their lives.

“Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it,” he said. “You’re going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment, we have the best medicines, all developed recently and you’re going to beat it.”

During a press conference Monday afternoon, Trump’s medical staff said they believe the president can safely return to the White House and continue to receive treatment there.

President Trump was given a third dose of Remdesivir Sunday evening and Dr. Sean Conley said he will receive another dose Monday before he leaves for the White House. He’ll receive the final dose at the White House.

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It’s been more than 72 hours since his last fever,” Conley said. He said that the president’s breathing has been back to normal. 

Trump’s temperature is at 98.1 at last check, his blood pressure was 134 over 78. His respiratory rate of 17 respirations per minute, his heart rate was 68 beats per minute and his last oxyhemoglobin saturation was 97% on room air, doctors said.

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“He currently does not endorse any respiratory complaints,” doctors said.

He continues on dexamethasone and again the plan for today is to continue to be up and out of bed, eat and drink and work as he is able,” Dr. Brian Garibaldi of Johns Hopkins said. 

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

CBS Baltimore Staff

Comments (3)
  1. Red Hat Harry says:

    cheer up folks, he could still die! His blood pressure is HIGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. chrissfarmer says:

    He says he “gets” COVID now and there he is knowing he has a deadly disease that has killed more than 210,000 Americans and he is ***NOT WEARING A MASK*** as we see people (the photographers) who have no choice because they are doing their job just a few feet away from him. COVID has killed over 210,000 Americans and he tells us not to be afraid of it??? That’s criminal! We need to vote this moron and liar out on Nov 3rd. Trump is a dangerous liar

  3. Karl says:

    The last couple days helped me to make up my mind w/ no regrets-I am voting for Joe Biden.

    Trump is clearly mentally messed up and he says Biden is slow???

    -and to my wife-you were right all along about Trump Biden 2020 dump trump

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