Here’s what a rational doctor said about Trump’s little car ride two days ago:
(CNN) Dr. Leana Wen, an ER physician, and CNN medical analyst tweeted that if Trump were her patient, “in unstable condition + contagious illness, & he suddenly left the hospital to go for a car ride that endangers himself & others: I’d call security to restrain him then perform a psychiatric evaluation to examine his decision-making capacity.”
Here’s the whole article:
(CNN) Pacing the well-appointed presidential suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center between intravenous doses of Remdesivir and near-hourly checks of his vitals, President Donald Trump has told more than one well-wisher he’s desperate to fly the coop.
So on Sunday, he did. Just past 5 p.m. ET, a combination of boredom, agitation, and yearning for adulation while convalescing from coronavirus brought the President to the rear seat of a black Chevy Suburban, waving frantically as he rode at a crawl down Rockville Pike while two US Secret Service agents, dressed in medical gowns, respirator masks, and eye protection, stared stoically ahead.
It was an image concocted by the President himself and the very tight group of aides who have accompanied him to Walter Reed, including chief of staff Mark Meadows and social media adviser Dan Scavino, a person familiar with the matter said. They hoped it might reassure Americans that Trump remains both hale and in command after what he deemed exaggerated news coverage of his condition and — in particular — outsized prognostications he planned to transfer power to Vice President Mike Pence.
But his seconds-long parade only underscored the relaxed attitude toward transmission that appears to have landed Trump in the hospital, to begin with.
The contained space inside the presidential limousine hardly allowed for social distancing from the driver and agent. While Trump wore a mask, his status as a Covid-positive hospital patient precluded him from falling within anyone’s recommendations for a public appearance.
Afterward, members of the Secret Service voiced escalating concern at what many of the agency’s personnel have determined is total disregard for their well-being amid a deadly and highly contagious pandemic. Agents have tested positive for the virus while traveling for the President’s political rallies, which he insisted on maintaining even against federal health guidelines. As employees self-quarantine or isolate in place, others have been forced to work longer hours to fill the void.
It’s a situation that has prompted growing and more vocal concern.
“That should never have happened,” one current Secret Service agent who works on the presidential and first family detail said after Trump’s drive-by, adding that those agents who went along for the ride would now be required to quarantine.
“I mean, I wouldn’t want to be around them,” the agent said, expressing a view that multiple people at the Secret Service also voiced in the wake of Sunday’s appearance. “The frustration with how we’re treated when it comes to decisions on this illness goes back before this though. We’re not disposable.”
Another veteran Secret Service agent also expressed deep dismay at the Walter Reed ride, though was sympathetic for those around the President given the difficulty in pushing back on the commander-in-chief.
“You can’t say no,” the agent said.
While agents in the Secret Service have the power to say no to activities that could put a president in danger, they can’t say no in situations that could put themselves in danger.
A third agent told CNN: “It was simply reckless.” But another sought to downplay the concern.
“I’ve watched some of the news today and it’s ridiculous to say the President is trying to kill off his detail,” said another current agent on Sunday. “He’s unconventional, but we get the job done.”
In a statement, the White House insisted measures were taken to protect others in the car with Trump.
“Appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the President and all those supporting it, including (personal protective equipment). The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do,” deputy press secretary Judd Deere said.
Medical experts and physicians said the episode appeared anything but safe.
“That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof but hermetically sealed against chemical attack,” Dr. James P. Phillips, who is affiliated with Walter Reed, tweeted. “The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.”
Dr. Leana Wen, an ER physician and CNN medical analyst, tweeted that if Trump were her patient, “in unstable condition + contagious illness, & he suddenly left the hospital to go for a car ride that endangers himself & others: I’d call security to restrain him then perform a psychiatric evaluation to examine his decision-making capacity.”
I am so sick of this sanctimonious “GET WELL” crap. Of course, I understand why Regular Joe says it. He’s such a softy, he probably even FEELS it. But Stephen Colbert?!? He went on and on about how we must separate Trump the person from the Presidency — and because the President is sick, the whole country is in danger! Oh yes! The greatest danger to the U.S. is that some other country might bomb us now because we’re WEAK! Riiiiight.
Colbert said, looking me straight in the eye, “I know we all wish for his speedy recovery,” or some such saintly goop. Don’t tell me what I wish.
Oh Stephen, Stephen, how the mighty have fallen. You seemed so wise and brilliant, but now you tell me there’s something sacred about the Presidency.
“Oh mein Fuhrer, thank God you survived that assassination attempt! Germany would have been a total mess without you!”
Trump is evil. Our President is evil. He is a mentally ill narcissist. And the greatest threat to this country, and the whole world, is not his current and hopefully fatal bout with Covid-19, but the fact that he can use his power to attack another country with a nuclear bomb if he feels like it.
That is assuming that the people in the chain of command are as disgustingly compliant as the doctors at Walter Reed.
“Well, we HAD to obey! He’s our Commander-in-Chief!”
Funny, I thought doctors took an oath to do no harm. Silly me. I guess it’s “Do no harm unless the PRESIDENT tells you to do it!”
I mean he’s
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!
HE’S PRECIOUS, SO WE HAVE A SPECIAL
COURAGEOUS GROUP OF HUMAN BEINGS
GUARD HIM WITH THEIR LIVES!
You know, I never thought about the Secret Service before. Maybe I’m not even SUPPOSED to think about them. They’re SECRET, after all. Now I’m thinking….
You’re the best of the best, the strongest, the smartest, you’re a sharpshooter and you’ve got a black belt and a B.A. in Criminology, and you apply and pass all the physical tests and all the mental tests and all the security tests, and you want so much to have the honor of guarding your President — even unto dying for the President — — because you truly love this damn wonderful country, and you… get the job! You do! You YOU have been chosen to make $36,356/year (according to Google) for the privilege of being a member of that elite team, the Secret Service!
And then DONALD TRUMP becomes President.
You have made a commitment to give your life guarding this asshole who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about YOU or anyone else in the world. He is perfectly happy to endanger your life by demanding that you drive him on a little jaunt WHEN HE IS SICK WITH A DEADLY CONTAGIOUS VIRUS.
So now, besides the tens of thousands of deaths Der Toddler is already responsible for — the two Secret Service men who drove him might be added to the count. At least THEY would have had the honor of getting the virus PERSONALLY from the President!
So no, I don’t wish Trump a speedy recovery. I wish a speedy end to his suffering. Because the only thing I can imagine that is more horrible than having Donald Trump as President is BEING Donald Trump. Better luck next incarnation, baby!
P.S. I hear there’s a NEW conspiracy theory coming down the pike. A very discerning woman has been trying to figure out why ONLY REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS ARE GETTING COVID-19! The answer is way obvious, don’t you agree? There are NO DEPTHS to which the Democrats won’t sink! (Is the grammar correct in that last sentence?)
Okay, so after Trump is gone, we still have to deal with the mass psychosis in this country.