Trump leaves hospital after doctors say he 'met or exceeded' discharge criteria

President Donald Trump returned to the White House Monday evening after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been receiving treatment for Covid-19 since Friday.

White House physician Sean Conley said in a briefing with reporters after Trump tweeted that he was leaving the hospital that the president had “met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria” and could be released for continued treatment at the White House.

Trump made his way from Marine One, that had carried him from Walter Reed, up to a balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House and removed his mask before posing for photos.

On Sunday, Trump briefly left the hospital to wave to supporters from a motorcade, a move medical experts and Democrats swiftly criticized as “insanity.” The president does not travel anywhere without Secret Service protection, and this outing was no exception. At least two other people were seen in the car with Trump.

Earlier, Trump’s medical team said that he had been placed on a steroid therapy typically used in more severe Covid-19 cases and that his condition was improving after multiple “episodes” over the weekend.

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