President Donald Trump on Sunday evening appeared in a new video, thanking hospital staff at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Later, he was seen waving at supporters from a car while wearing a mask.
The president added that he might “pay a little surprise to some of the great patriots that we have out on the street,” referring to Trump supporters who have gathered near the hospital.
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“I’m about to make a little surprise visit,” Trump said, adding, “We have enthusiasm like probably nobody’s ever had.”
Trump was later seen outside Walter Reed hospital in a car, waving at supporters.
“I learned a lot about COVID … and I get it, and I understand it,” Trump remarked. “This the real school … this isn’t the ‘let’s read-the-book’ school,” he added.
“In the meantime, we love the U.S.A., and we love what’s happening,” he added.
The president released a video about 24 hours ago, speaking about his prognosis.
“Over the next period of a few days, I guess that’s the real test, so we’ll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days,” Trump said into the camera.
Earlier on Sunday, White House physician Dr. Sean P. Conley said Trump’s condition, after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, “has continued to improve,” and another medical specialist said he could return to the White House “as early as tomorrow.”
The president was diagnosed with the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus late last week.
Doctors said the president had a high fever on Friday morning but had not run a fever since Friday.
Conley appeared upbeat on the president’s prognosis, saying Trump is “up and around.”
“We initiated dexamethasone and he received his first dose yesterday,” Dr. Brian Garibaldi said in the news conference. “Our plan is to continue that for the time being. Today he has been up and around and our plan is to have him eat and drink and be up out of bed as much as possible.”
Trump is on several medications, including dexamethasone, Remdesivir, and Regeneron, according to his team of doctors.
Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, tested negative for COVID-19 on Sunday for the third time in recent days. A spokesperson for Pence told The Associated Press that the vice president and second lady, Karen Pence, tested negative for the virus on Sunday.
While Trump is in the hospital, Pence is continuing the campaign.
“We can’t stay in our basement or shut down the economy indefinitely. We have to take it head-on,” Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
Reuters contributed to this report.