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Trump downplays virus return to White House and removes his mask

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"Now I'm better, and maybe I'm immune": Trump's controversial return to the White House. Photo: ABC News

U.S. President Donald Trump returned to the White House after spending three nights in the hospital and continued to receive coronavirus treatment in the theater.

Mr. Trump, who was still contagious, took off his mask on the balcony of the White House while posing for a photo.

His doctor said he will continue treatment from there, and he “may not be completely out of the predicament.”

In recent days, several employees and assistants of Mr. Trump have also tested positive for the virus.

After a weekend of conflicting statements, there are still questions about the seriousness of Mr. Trump’s condition.

There are 7.4 million Covid-19 cases in the United States and 210,000 deaths.

What happened during Trump’s return?

Before leaving the hospital on Monday night, the President told Americans in a tweet not to be afraid of the disease:  “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

Mr. Trump said: “I feel better than I did 20 years ago!!”

He also posted a tweet: “Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!!”

Trump’s diagnosis has overturned the reelection campaign, less than a month after the Republican president faced Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the presidential election.

Wearing a navy suit, tie and mask, Trump walked out of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with his fists.

He said: “Thank you very much everybody.” He ignored questions from the media, including a reporter asking: “Are you a super spreader, Mr President?”

After a brief helicopter ride, Trump took a photo alone on the Truman balcony of the White House. Before he gave his thumbs up and paid tribute to the soldiers, he took off his protective mask.

A few hours later, he posted a sports-style short film on Twitter that contained his reverberating music.

Mr. Trump also recorded a video message to the American people, urging them to resume work.

He told them: “You’re going to beat it [coronavirus].”

“We have the best medical equipment, we have the best medicines, all developed recently.”

He added: “We’re going to be out front. As your leader, I had to do that. I knew there’s danger to it, but I had to do it. I stood out front, and led.”

Mr. Trump also speculated: “Now I’m better, maybe I’m immune, I don’t know”.

He also promised that the vaccine will be “temporarily available,” although the US Centers for Disease Control said it does not expect the vaccine to be widely used before the middle of next year.

After Mr. Trump returned to the White House, his Democratic challenger Joe Biden said he was “happy” and the president seemed to “get along well.”

But he then criticized Mr. Trump. He said: “Anybody who contracts the virus by essentially saying masks don’t matter, social distancing doesn’t matter, I think is responsible for what happens to them.”

According to US public health guidelines, Trump should be isolated for 10 days after symptoms first appear. The White House said the president first became ill on Thursday night and later tested positive.

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