In Trump’s White House, politics trumps medicine

The presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, it is sealed against a chemical attack, which means there is air recirculation.

The agents appeared to be wearing N95 masks, which help to filter out particles and which need to be individually and precisely fit-tested.

Rather than being managed by his doctors, Trump seems to be managing them.

Even if the agents had been put through this fitting procedure, they are not perfectly protected.

While all staff attending to the US President in the hospital dress in full protective gear, having the agents in full PPE would have ruined the script.

With no clear information about when President Trump became infected, it is not known what stage of the infectious phase he is in.

Rather than being managed by his doctors, Trump seems to be managing them.

But one attending physician at Walter Reed broke ranks and described the brief tour as “insanity”. Dr James Phillips said the risk of transmitting the virus inside the sealed-off presidential car was “as high as it gets” outside of medical procedures.

Dr Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine at George Washington University, told CNN the drive-by was “amazingly irresponsible” and said his attending physician should have stopped it.

The White House said “appropriate precautions” were taken and the drive was cleared by the medical staff at Walter Reed.

Before leaving the hospital, President Trump prepared a video. “We’re going to pay a little surprise to some of the great patriots that we have,” he said.

As his motorcade approached his supporters, so the video was tweeted. They responded to this tour de force with tremendous enthusiasm.

Dr James Phillips tweeted that his thoughts were with the two agents.

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