“Medical Foul Play” – Doctors Blast Trump’s Release

Doctors question President Trump's discharge from Walter Reed Medical Center, citing the risk to his own health as well as others around him. NBC's Tracie Potts reports.

WASHINGTON (NBC News) — Three days after President Trump was taken to Walter Reed Medical Center with alarming symptoms of COVID-19, he walked out on his own Monday evening, flashed a thumbs-up, and boarded Marine One to return to the White House and continue his treatment.

His discharge comes amid furious debate over whether Mr. Trump is well enough to leave the hospital.

“Though he may not be entirely out of the woods yet, our team and I agree that all his evaluations, and more importantly, his clinical status support his return home,” Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, said earlier in the day.

While the president’s doctor cleared him to leave, there are still no answers on whether his lung scans show signs of pneumonia and when he last tested negative for the coronavirus, which could help determine who else may have been exposed.

Isolated at the White House, the president will be monitored around the clock and provided with the world’s best medical care.

On Twitter, he downplayed the virus that’s killed more than 211,000 Americans, writing “don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it.”

Medical experts argue the president’s return puts White House staff at risk.

“It’s beyond responsible, it’s literally everything – malpractice,” says former White House Health Policy Director Dr. Kavita Patel. “What Dr. Conley is doing is actively propagating harm.”

Doctors were also horrified to see the president remove his mask and pose for pictures.

“I felt like I was watching medical foul play,” says Dr. Esther Choo of Oregon Health & Science University.

So far, 14 people tied to the white house or the Trump campaign have tested positive.

The latest include Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two of her staff.

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