Trump briefly leaves hospital to thank supporters with surprise 'drive-by'

Donald Trump has briefly left the hospital where he’s being treated for coronavirus to thank his supporters who have been gathering outside.

In another Twitter video posted from the Walter Reed Medical Center, the US President said he was ‘going to pay a little surprise visit’ to the ‘great patriots’ who have lined the road near the hospital. 

Pictures later emerged of the president’s motorcade of black 4x4s driving very slowly past crowds of cheering supporters while they waved their flags. 

Mr Trump himself was seen wearing a mask and sitting in the back of the car waving.

Hundreds of people have gathered outside the hospital since the president was first admitted on Friday evening and he has frequently thanked them for their support as he undergoes treatment.

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In his Twitter update he said: ‘They’ve been out there for a long time and they’ve got Trump flags and they love our country so, I’m not telling anybody but you, but I’m about to make a little surprise visit.’

It’s after the president’s doctors said earlier that, if he continues to improve, he could be discharged from hospital and allowed to return to the White House on Monday.

But his medical team has also admitted for the first time he had to be given supplementary oxygen on Friday and is now being treated with dexamethasone, a drug usually reserved for the most serious cases of the virus. 

Sounding noticeably perkier than previous updates, Mr Trump said in the video he has had a ‘very interesting journey’ and has ‘learnt a lot about covid.’ 

He said: ‘I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school, this isn’t the “let’s read the book school”. I get it and I understand it and it’s a very interesting thing and I’m going to be letting you know about it.’

While his team has tried to present a positive picture of Mr Trump’s illness throughout, behind the scenes serious questions have been raised about the president’s health. 

His personal doctor Sean Conley has acknowledged he tried to downplay the severity of Mr Trump’s condition when briefing reporters on Saturday. 

Giving another update on Sunday, he admitted for the first time Mr Trump was given supplementary oxygen and said his patient’s blood oxygen levels dipped again on Saturday. 

The White House has faced accusations it is trying to hide the true nature of president’s condition after Dr Conley again sidestepped questions on the timing of this second episode.

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