President Trump briefly left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday afternoon amid his battle with the coronavirus, greeting throngs of backers with a wave from an SUV.
The commander-in-chief, wearing a mask, waved to supporters from the rear passenger seat of a black Chevy Suburban, shortly after tweeting a video in which he promised a “little surprise visit” to the crowd.
“I also think we’re gonna pay a little surprise to some of the great patriots that we have out on the street,” said Trump in the video, published moments before the unannounced drive-by. “They’ve been out there for a long time and they’ve got Trump flags and they love our country.
“I’m not telling anybody but you, but I’m about to make a little surprise visit.”
Following the brief spin, Trump returned to his suite at the Bethesda, Md. hospital, where he was admitted on Friday less than 24 hours after he and first lady Melania tested positive for the contagion.
“It’s been a very interesting journey,” said Trump in the video. “I learned a lot about COVID. 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. I understand it, and it’s a very interesting thing, and I’m going to be letting you know about it.”
Trump’s medical team said earlier Sunday that the president — who, according to senior members of his re-election team is eager to get back out on the stump — could be discharged to the White House as early as Monday.