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President Trump left Walter Reed Military National Military Medical Center and made it back to the White House.

His return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue included a mask removal and an odd insinuation that COVID-19 is not as deadly as we think.

Let’s be clear for the sake of public safety: The President’s take on COVID-19 is not an accurate account of what Americans face. The President, thankfully for his well-being, received the best care in the world. At the COVID-19 heights, patients were being tended to in makeshift rooms in hallways, non-COVID-19 patients were moved to military hospital ships because of over-capacity. In conclusion, President Trump did not receive the same treatment the everyday American receives. 

For the President to contract COVID-19 and then say it’s not as deadly as he receives world-class health care is irresponsible. It paints the narrative that a novel virus that has infected more than 7 million Americans while taking 210,000 lives is not deadly. 

It is and simple precautions can keep you safe.

The President’s actions, from the ill-advised photo op in the Presidential limousine, allegedly demanding a Monday release from the hospital to removing his mask prove he still doesn’t get what is happening in the United States. 

The reality is only 3 states in the United States have cases and deaths declining. 

Those are the facts. 

The President declared “We’re going back. We’re going back to work. We’re gonna be out front. As your leader I had to do that. I knew there’s danger to it but I had to do it,” in a campaign video almost showing him as a triumphant warrior returning to the battlefield.

The President continued “I stood out front. I led. Nobody that’s a leader would not do what I did. I know there’s a risk, there’s a danger,” 

If that wasn’t odd enough, the still infections President Trump compared the COVID-19 to the seasonal flu continuing to downplay the novel virus. 

The President tweeted “Are we going to close down our Country?,” adding “No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid.”

As reported on CNN, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, said Trump’s behavior on Monday was pushing an irresponsible message at the height of a grave public health crisis.

“‘Take off your mask, be defiant, we can beat this virus, it’s all hype,'” Hotez said on CNN’s “New Day”, paraphrasing Trump’s advice. “Many people find him very compelling and will do and follow all of his actions, and his statements and his tweets, and he put out the message that let this thing rip, don’t let it interfere with your daily activities. Don’t be fearful, let’s have 400,000 Americans dead.”

The White House is now officially a nest giving birth to almost-daily positive results. 

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said she was positive, “after testing negatively” excusing her failure to wear a mask when briefing reporters Sunday. 

Two of her staffers have also tested positive for the coronavirus.

As of now, 14 White House official has tested positive for COVID-19 making it uncomfortable to watch the President’s victory parade back to the White House.  

From removing his mask to downplaying the virus, the President is just not acting in alignment with what is happening around him and his aides and officials are acting the same.

They certainly have listened to his rhetoric. 

“Now I’m better and maybe I’m immune? I don’t know. But don’t let it dominate your lives. Get out there, be careful,” the President said.

Former Vice President Joe Biden offered some countering advice. 

“Now that he’s busy tweeting campaign messages, I would ask him to do this: Listen to the scientists, support masks,” Biden said.

The current Vice President continues to prepare for his debate with VP candidate Kamala Harris. Continuing the relaxed White House approach to COVID-19 tone spearheaded by the President, Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller mocked her boss’ adversary over the precaution “If Sen. Harris wants to use a fortress around herself, have at it,” Miller said.

This was in response to The Commission on Presidential Debates has decided that the two candidates will be separated by plexiglass on stage to prevent the possibility of airborne contamination.

No word on the next Presidential debate as Trump looks to get back on the campaign trail, the President tweeted:

No word if the debate will be canceled.

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