BETHESDA, Md. (WJZ) — President Donald Trump briefly left a Maryland hospital Sunday evening to wave to supporters from his car, despite the CDC’s guidelines to isolate when diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Dr. James Phillips, chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University and an attending physician at Walter Reed Medical Center, tweeted that Mr. Trump’s brief departure from the hospital was “theater” and called it “insanity.”

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President Trump revealed overnight Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He was taken to the Walter Reed Medical Center later that evening.

He also went through a “very concerning” period Friday and doctors said the next 48 hours would “be critical” in his care as he battled the coronavirus at a hospital, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Saturday.


The president’s visit came shortly after he promised his supporters “a surprise” in a video posted a video on social media.

Dr. Phillips said in the tweets that every person in the car with the president has to be quarantined, and that their lives were put at risk for “political theater.”

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.

This story was originally posted on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. 

CBS Baltimore Staff

Comments (8)
  1. Jrfred Coker says:

    Must suck to be full of so much hate….MAGA2020

    1. sp says:

      must be blissful being so ignorant , ha inbred

    2. THE TRUTHSAYER says:

      We are going to make America great, by electing Joe Biden

      Trump is an IDIOT and his stunt was ridiculous just like him.

      If you are so sick you need to be in the hospital then stay in bed
      If you are well enough for joy rides at tax payer expense, get up and go back to work
      What is sick is his ego!

      I truly hope Trump dies from Covid, he deserves to. We passed 210,000 Americans dead of COVID today…and Trump thinks he is doing a good job? The red hats think that’s “great”??? High unemployment? That’s great too? Trump lied and the red hats fell for it- red hats are today’s dunce caps LOL!

  2. JTKirk says:

    Yes, it is a real puzzle why Trump supporters hate the world so much, and especially doctors and scientists who repeatedly point out the folly and stupidity of President Trump and his actions. One would think Trump supporters would be grateful that they are getting real information from professionals actually qualified to provide such rather then a serial liar, but Nope!

  3. FredoLives says:

    Must suck to be full of so much stupidity….MASA(Make America Smart Again)2020

  4. Colorado Proud says:

    The doctor should just keep,his mouth shut. Trump is the president of the USA not Dr. James Phillip. Must suck to be so stupid…MAGA

  5. Davies says:

    Trump is the president of the USA, not a medical doctor. See you at the Colorado Pride parade!

  6. stemarhan says:

    This clown is a political hack that the “media” is trying to pass off as unbiased medical observer.

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